The quote, "All gave some, some gave all," is attributed to Korean War veteran, Howard William Osterkamp. That is an appropriate quote as we remember the men and women who gave their lives in defense of this great country.
We know what our soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, and guardians have given, and continue to give every day, but what have YOU given? What have YOU contributed toward the betterment of your country, your state, or your community?
Are you an engaged citizen who holds our elected representatives responsible for the decisions they make? Are you an interested citizen who challenges the media when they report on current events to make sure the reporting is fair, honest, and unbiased? Are you an educated citizen who understands the history of our republic and the good and bad decisions that got us to this point?
According to a 2022 Pew Research study, in 1960, 75% of Americans believed that the federal government would almost always do the right thing. In 2020, that number had dropped to just under 20%.
Over 90% of immigrants pass the U.S. Citizenship exam, yet 2 out of 3 Americans are unable to pass the test.
Most of us will mark Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. We might get together with friends and family for fellowship and food. But will we take even a few moments to remember the men and women who gave their lives in defense of the ideals the United States of America was founded upon, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
Those standards were fought for and paid for in blood. Many men and women gave all so that you and I can have the benefits of living in our great country. Their families understand the importance of a day set aside to honor and remember them.
Will you take a few minutes on this Memorial Day to remember those individuals and their families who answered the call and gave their lives for our freedom?
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