#ThankYouThursday – Memorial Day & Those Who Serve

This past weekend we celebrated Memorial Day in the U.S. So I wanted to take a moment on this Thursday to write a post thanking all of the men, women and families that have sacrificed so much for our freedoms in this country.

I am proud to be a part of a family that has a long history of military servicemen and servicewomen, I know that there are a lot of sacrifices that our military make in order to keep us, our country and our freedoms safe.

Our servicemen and servicewomen on the front lines both here at home and deployed all over the world make so many sacrifices and for some the ultimate price of freedom is paid by their sacrifice of their life for us. Not only that, our military families sacrifice for our freedom as well. Long periods of time away from their loved one, be it a husband or wife, mother or father, brother or sister.

I feel very lucky that while my brother is stateside and a plane ride away for me to see him, there are others that are not as lucky as I am. There those whose loved one is deployed somewhere in the world and for many of our servicemen and servicewoman the families are not allowed to know where they are for security reasons.

As we enter into the summer season, many of us will go on vacation to the beach or camping. This weekend I got thinking about how much freedom we have in this country and how much we take advantage of this freedom without really thinking about the costs that were paid for us to freely go to the beach or even to freely move between cities and towns not just for fun but for work as well. The freedom to live in a country where a woman can stand up and be counted as a leader in government from the state and local level all the way up to Senators, Congresswoman, and perhaps one day President of the United States.

Now, I promise, this is not launching into a political post, the political climate in this country is definitely tense, and thanks to the sacrifices of the men and women of our military we are able to not only have opinions on the political matters of our country and our government but we can voice those opinions.

So to the men, women, and families that make up our 5 military branches, the Coast Guard, the Navy, the Marine Corp, the Army and the Air Force – to all of you I extend my deepest and sincerest thank you for all that you do every day. For your protection, your sacrifice and your love of this country to serve and protect all of us.

I want to leave you all today with a poem that I think truly honors the call to duty for all of our servicemen and women, and it is called “The Call to Duty”:

The Call to Duty

A call to duty is sent out
And the strong and the brave reply.
They do it for love of country,
So there’s never a need to ask why.

They leave behind all that they love,
Their families, their homes and their lives,
Because to preserve these precious things
Is the goal for which each soldier strives.

So God bless our troops,
The courageous women and men,
Who fight to make sure
The bells of freedom peal again.

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