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A moment, please

A bugler plays during burial services for Army Staff Sgt. Scott W. Brunkhorst, Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.  According to the Defense Department, Brunkhorst, 25, of Fayetteville, N.C.; died March 30 in the Arghandab river valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Today is a solemn day. It should not be sad, just solemn. It is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, to honor men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day in the years following the Civil War, it became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

Every American should take a moment and pause in prayer of thanks for the sacrifice made by these individuals, their families and their friends. Take time to make sure your children and grandchildren do the same. Too many have already forgotten. Freedom is not free.

What is sad is that I seriously have doubts that a majority of Americans, basking in freedom that they neither understand nor truly appreciate, will take time to give honor to those who gave their all.  Please don’t be one of those people.

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