This is Memorial Day. A day where we honor those who have and are serving our country in the numerous capacities to help us keep the privileges that we are accustomed to. But, I believe that Memorial Day extends beyond the armed services. I believe that Memorial Day extends to those who have lived their lives honoring the ideal of freedom for all. Where an opinion will not get you killed. An idea imprisoned.
Here in America, we shelter so many who have fled from lands where the mere idea of fairness, equality and ideological freedom are whispers in dark corners. So, I say this day honors those who stand their ground and try to make their lands a better place too.
So I honor the members of my family who have served in the military, my father, my uncle, my cousins, my grandfather. I am in awe of my cousin currently in Iraq. I also honor my great-grandfather who left Poland during the Russian Revolution to give his family an opportunity to have a future. I honor those who got left behind and were killed in the concentration camps.
For all those who stand for freedom – I say, ‘Thank you.’