Memorial Day From A Service Member’s Perspective

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Today is a day that we take pause and remember those that have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we cherish and enjoy. I’m willing to put money on the fact that every one of us, either knows of, or is related to someone that has made the ultimate sacrifice. Being a service member myself I have a unique outlook on this day as opposed to many of my civilian peers whom have never been within the ranks (and to those that have and made the transition back to civilian life, I applaud and thank you for your service to our great nation). The point here is not to overshadow the sacrifices of civilians in service of our nation, I’d like to believe that their memories are also included within the spirit and intent of this day; however the fact is that there are so few of the population whom are either willing to, or are physically/mentally able to handle the rigors of service, that most will never understand the level of commitment laid upon the altar. It is to these few that have stepped forward, that have risked it all and paid the ultimate price, that we pay tribute today. It’s in honor of that sacrifice and their memories that so many of us willingly sign the dotted line and continue to uphold the values, rights and freedoms that they died for.

Until next time…