The battlefields of the brave are a part of the American Lexicon now: 

Concord, Yorktown, Gettysburg, Belleau Wood, Midway, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Inchon, Khe Sahn, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq and so many other hallowed places they are too numerous to name. They are part of our fiber and heritage and have been paid for with American blood. Lots of it. 

For almost two and one-half centuries, Americans have served, fought and died for a nebulous dream called freedom. From the earliest days of our country to the trying times we live in now, those who have served, protected and defended our shores and our pursuit of freedom have always been there for us. 

Generation after generation of American soldiers and their families have taken the banner, bore the burden and suffered and given the most. Sadly, many have given the last full measure of devotion.  

For those who have died, they are buried in cemeteries and plots of ground all over the planet. For those who were wounded, they have fought more than one battle on our behalf. And for anyone who has seen combat, the scars, nightmares and memories never go away. 

That is why this weekend we pay special honor and homage to those who have served, suffered and died in the name of America. 

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and it is right and fitting that we take this time to reflect, recall and honor those who have come before us and those who are currently serving. The sacrifice, training, suffering and agony the men and women who have served have experienced should never be forgotten. We owe it to them to remember what they have done, what they are doing and what they will always do to protect our country and our freedom. 

We encourage all of you to remember those who have served this weekend, and to even say a little prayer in their memory. Go to a cemetery and stand over a grave with an American flag and say thank you to the fallen warrior. Shake the hand of a veteran and say thank you for their service. 

This is a special weekend for America; let’s give it the respect it deserves. We are all doing our duty in this time of pandemic, so you should also take a bow and pat yourself on the back for continuing to strive in this time of adversity. It’s been difficult for all of us to change the way we act, the way we think and the way we view the world. It is a tough challenge, but the virus does not know the mettle of the foe it is up against. Americans know how to deal with pain, threats and tragedy; it is time to honor our ancestors by all of us adapting, fighting and overcoming and deadly  COVID-19 coronavirus. 

For what we are fighting for is not only our life, but our way of life. We must battle to protect our inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We need to fight for the belief that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from this earth.  

We shall overcome. 

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