I wake up every morning in a nice home with a beautiful wife and 3 fantastic, slightly insane children. I go to work, watch baseball games, get to go on a road trip with the other 2/3rd of The Three Amigos in a month or so and never think twice about how I can have these freedoms.
Every Sunday morning I take my family to church. Other people I know don't take their family to church, but take them to the mountains or the beach or the ball game or the park. Every 4 years I get to actually vote for who is going to lead this country and I can get online and do a 30 minute diatribe about how bad an announcer Ken Harrellson and if I wanted to I could stand in my driveway holding a "I Hate Ryan Sechrest" sign and wouldn't get arrested. Maybe blacklisted from the annual neighborhood pool party but definitely not arrested.
In short, I have every freedom available to mankind. The fact I own a car, much less a house, makes me one of the richest people in the world. Throw in three televisions and 4 pairs of jeans and in most countries I could move in and be pretty close to the top of the pecking order.
But all this isn't free. I didn't pay for it, but countless other men and women have.
So tomorrow when we're all grilling out and swimming at the pool and enjoying a 3 day weekend, take a minute and remember the people who have given their lives defending this great country and it's way of life who made Memorial Day happen.
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