Memorial Day is set aside for remembering those who gave their lives fighting for their country. More specifically, fighting to defend a lifestyle of enviable freedoms enjoyed by citizens of the United States of America. It is important we understand that these freedoms came about because of the willingness of individuals to sacrifice for every human's right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, unalienable rights endowed by the Creator of us all.
It is important that we remember.
It is vital we do more than just remember.
How wonderful the occasion is when a banquet is laid out before us, rich with foods and delicacies in sweet variety. We may feel immense gratitude towards those who spent days preparing the feast. We may to some extent attempt to understand the sacrifices made by these men and women who made possible our enviable feast. But what good is all their hard work and effort if those at the banquet do nothing more than sit and admire the end results? Compliments are ill-served if no one ventures to taste the delicacies.
Likewise, we may express our gratitude while keeping in our hearts those who have fallen to defend our precious rights and freedoms. But our gratitude is ill-shown when we fail to use those freedoms to our advantage by creating better homes, better lives, and better communities within our united states.
On this Memorial Day, take time to remember those who have fallen. But on every day after, do more than simply remember; put the freedoms they died for to greater and nobler uses.