The freedoms we enjoy – that we’ve come to expect – every day, were fought for and earned by men and women who put country before self. It is our duty, therefore, to acknowledge our freedom with gratitude and sincerity this Memorial Day holiday weekend.
It is very difficult to imagine the commitment, dedication and selflessness required to defend our freedom – unless you have had that experience. As an avid historian, I have researched and spoke with people directly impacted by the realities of war. Many of us have family or close friends who are actively serving or who are veterans, and we hear firsthand (if we’re fortunate), true stories of bravery.
My point is simple – take at least one moment this Memorial Day weekend and give thanks to the men and women who gave their lives so that we can remain free. Then share stories with your family and friends, and especially our youth.
For those of us of a certain age, we may remember drills in school, war bonds, “Rosie the Riveter” – small yet not insignificant things Americans did to support the fight for freedom. Share those stories. Read, research and/or learn directly from a veteran. Participate in local parades or ceremonies honoring the fallen.
Only by honoring the sacrifice, can we truly appreciate the freedom.
From my family to all of you – have a safe and meaningful Memorial Day weekend.
Harley Lippman - Founder and CEO