I am happy during this Fourth of July week-end to give honor where honor is due. Thank you to all of our veterans and all of our service men and women who are active. Those of us who dwell safely at home might take for granted the freedoms we enjoy, but our military men, women, and families, know the price it costs to insure that our freedom remains.
Take a step beyond the door of reality and try to imagine our nation without the people who pledge their allegiance and serve the ideals of American freedom. What if no one enlisted? What if no one followed orders? What if no one fought the enemies of freedom on the battle field? The dismal images of lawlessness, hedonism, chaos, and rule by the rich elite is staggering. We would still be in the Dark Ages under the tyranny of those with the resources and might to take control of the rest of us.
It is a sobering thought to consider what our lives would be without the freedom others fought for and paid so dearly for the rest of us, from the first settlers to our young men and women serving today.
THANK YOU men and women of military experience.
THANK YOU police officers and first responders.
THANK YOU politicians who are ruled by truth and right rather than popularity or fear of offending a few powerful people.
THANK YOU to those who fight behind the scenes on special security assignments who are never seen, recognized, or acknowledged, but strive daily to keep our enemies at bay and keep our country safe.
THANK YOU to all who serve our nation and keep freedom alive.