At some point in our lives, I believe we have all spoken those words through song, but have we meant it? Have you ever truly sat down and thought about the meaningful lyrics that salute our country and those who have died fighting for it? Well, this past weekend should have served as a reminder of those important thoughts as Memorial Day was observed. Where I am from, this holiday typically signals the end of a school year, a crazy crowd at the lake, and the beginning of a beautiful summer. However, it is crucial that we sit down and observe the real meaning and reason for this day off of work.
Some are called to enter the armed forces as way to pay tribute to their country and we must honor them and their contributions. But, if you have not been called to serve in that way, you are not off the hook. We must ALL find a way to contribute to the advancement of our country and to preserve its unique qualities. I encourage you to search within yourself and discover what special qualities you have that can be used toward our country. No effort is too small and one person really can make a difference.“‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom And they can’t take that away…”