It is appropriate this Memorial Day to salute all those who have given their lives in defense of this nation. Without their sacrifices we would not be free to ask questions, to challenge our political leaders and to take an active role in our system of government. To them we owe an unrepayable debt.
The United States of America was born from the blood and ashes of war–the Revolutionary War of 1776. It was fought to defend the “self-evident” truth “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Those who fought and died were committed to the notion that government derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed” and that when a government does not protect the unalienable rights of the people, it is the “Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Since the war of 1776, nearly two and a quarter centuries ago, thousands upon thousands of men and women have died for the same cause. Tyranny does not reign in America–as it does so many places around the globe–because so many have loved their country more than their own lives.
This Memorial Day, we would like to say thank you to all who serve this great country and remember all who have been lost.
Thank you for your sacrifice!
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