The Choice to Be Thankful for Those That Have Done So Much for Us

As we get ready to enjoy a long Memorial Day weekend, let’s not forget to remember those fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the freedoms we enjoy this very day. Many have died – for you, for me and for this country – so that we could have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

And, let us not overlook those who are actively serving today. At latest count, there are 1,473,900 men and women on active duty…serving this country in almost every part of the world. With the growing threats from many groups – all wanting to harm America or Americans in some way – these members of our armed forces protect our freedoms on a daily basis. We should all be sure to include them in our prayers this weekend.

This is also a good time to take stock of how we are using these freedoms. Are we reaching out to help those in need around us? Are we working to make our community, our town, our state and our country better as these men and women did? Are we taking advantage of this freedom to do something special with our lives…to make our life impact others in a good and positive way? This is a good weekend to “reflect on freedom” and how you are using it.

President Ronald Reagan reminded us, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We don’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” So, this weekend…for our freedoms, for those who died to preserve them, and for those who protect them each day…we give thanks.

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley