Memorial Day is more than just a day for taking time off work and going on vacation. It's important that we not forget that the true meaning of this national holiday is to remember all those who died fighting to protect our freedom from the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the present.
We need to remember it's not just a big picnic, and it's not just a big yard sale. It's a special day where we pay tribute to all who worked hard, and put their lives on the line, to defend the natural rights that all of us are born with, but that, for 99.9% of history, governments have taken away.
We must not forget that, for 99.9% of history, only the gifted few were allowed to keep their freedom, and to obtain an education. Only the gifted few, mainly among the aristocracy, were allowed an opportunity to better their lot in life.
We must thank all the brave men and women who have provided us the opportunity to keep what is rightfully ours: our freedom. We must remember how frail freedom is, and how easy it would be, if it were not for these brave men and women, for it to be lost forever.