Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day and Those Of Us Not In Uniform

Ideals are not the exclusive domain of the military. "Freedom isn't Free," as a bumper sticker slogan, is all too often used as a wedge between those who support a particular military action and those who oppose it. But that slogan can as easily be applied to those of us not in uniform. America's servicemen and women have a special responsibility, but that doesn't absolve the rest of us of our responsibility. Part of that responsibility it to recognize the nature of their service by seeing that veterans get the best equipment, protection, and leadership possible when they're in the service. It's taking care of their families both while they're away, and while they're trying to adapt when they return home. It's also making sure that they get the medical attention, training, and job opportunities they deserve when they complete their time in uniform.

Our responsibility is seeing that America remains a place where freedom is not dependent on the money in your bank account, your family connections, the gun in your pocket, or the largess of political leaders. A place where diversity of opinion is not a problem, but a strength. A place worthy of the devotion those in the military have shown.

This day is reserved for honoring those who have served in the military, and that should not be forgotten. Every day is a day for honoring our obligation to both them and to everyone else. Not only is freedom not free, freedom can not be won on a battlefield. All the soldiers who have died in every war from the Revolutionary War to date have not, and can not, secure our liberty. They can only see that we have the opportunity to win it, or lose it, every day, through the actions we take right here at home.

From Devilstower at Daily Kos

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