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Memorial Day

May 27, 2012 • Editorial

On Monday we will pay tribute to the men and women who have answered our nation’s call to arms and shouldered the responsibility of safeguarding the freedoms enjoyed by us all. We will honor those who gave their lives in the service of their country. In a society as free and prosperous as ours, it’s easy to forget that our way of life exists solely because there are men and women of courage who have sacrificed all that is dear to them to protect our nation.

Our country is founded on noble ideas and the belief in the inalienable rights of all people. Rather than a nation where the people live to serve the ambitions of their rulers, ours is a land where leaders are elected to represent the will of the people. By choosing candidates who mirror our beliefs, each of us has a say in government, in the crafting of laws and the enacting of public policy. Whether an individual’s values fall in the majority or minority, the power to steer our nations rests with the people as a whole.

While our Constitution and laws establish the framework for our society, their value exists only so long as they are safeguarded by our military. There will always be tyrants who covet what we possess. They desire our land, our natural resources, the fruits of our labor and if they had the means to take our lives, they would do so without hesitation.

We live with a sense of security which is unparalleled in the history of mankind. There will always be criminals who inflict violence on the people around them, but this threat pales in comparison to the brutality of an invading army. Were it not for the strength of our military, we would be at the mercy of those who desire to inflict violence upon us.

For this reason, we all owe our solemn gratitude to those who have fallen in the line of duty. As it was their duty to fight to protect our lives and freedoms, it is our responsibility to remember their selflessness and the price they paid to secure our homeland. Their sacrifice must never be forgotten.

It is the Soldier

It is the Soldier,
not the reporter, who has given us freedom of press.
It is the Soldier,
not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier,
not the campus organizer, who gives us freedom to demonstrate.
It is the Soldier, not the politicians
who ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It is the Soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

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