The Wheatley Address
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As we unpack our picnic baskets, light the fireworks, dig our feet in the sand, and open up the grills this Memorial Day, we must remember the bigger picture. Our country was built and defended by millions of honorable men and women who have risked their lives for us, and our freedom.
Answering the call to duty, the American soldier ventures into the most dangerous of situations, with selflessness and valor. While millions of soldiers come home to be greeted by the arms of their loved ones, millions don’t. For too many American families, the news of the death of a loved one is by a simple knock on the front door. For too many American families, a simple knock can mean the loss of a father, a brother, a son, a patriot.
For the fortunate ones, Memorial Day means an extra day off of work and time spent with the family. For others, it means opening the wound of their lost loved one who so bravely gave their life for their country, so we wouldn’t have to; for those families, Memorial Day isn’t just May 30th.
So when we pack up our car and family and head home at the close of today, remember those who don’t have the same luxury as you do, and thank them today, and every other day for giving up their lives, for ours. God bless America.