Perhaps like no other time in our history has our resolve been tested than during the past year and a half. Despite all we have gone through, millions upon millions of American Patriots remain devoted to the Red, White and Blue - to what our Flag represents.
Thus, this Memorial Day 2021, it makes sense to review a short bit of history concerning our Freedom and to give thanks to those who gave their all to establish - as well as to those who have ensured - that it remains intact.
Our great country, the United States of America, has a very proud history and tradition of being the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, aka The Land of the Free because of The Brave.
Towards the beginning of our incredible Declaration of Independence it proclaims: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
And, at the close of this amazing instrument of sovereignty and liberation, those who signed pledged the following: And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
They. Pledged. Their. Lives. Fortune. Honor.
Of the 56 who signed our Declaration, nine did end up paying the ultimate sacrifice - they lost their lives for the blessed cause they believed in, Freedom and Independence. Another 17 signers lost everything they had - their money, their possessions, their property.
Suffice to say that our War for Independence ended up setting the bar for the freedom of these United States of America ... Freedom Is Not Free.
Whenever our freedom has been endangered, the men and women who have served in our U.S. military services have answered the call in our defense.
Those who did not return home gave their all for our country, just as many of our Founders and our ancestral Colonists did during our War for Independence.
The extraordinary members of our military who have died to protect our nation throughout our two-plus centuries of existence deserve our most heartfelt thanks.
It is because of them we have remained the most free people on planet Earth.
This portion of Country superstar Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA lyrics capture our sentiments quite well:
And I'm proud to be an American,
Where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
Who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up,
Next to you and defend her still today.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.
Whether you are hosting a backyard barbecue with family and friends, are on a road trip with loved ones, or in any other type of Memorial Day celebration, please honor their service and their ultimate sacrifice.
To those who gave their all in the defense and protection of our Freedom and our Liberty:
You are Honored, You are Remembered, You are Eternally Thanked.
by Scott D. Welch, Patriot
Direct descendant of 8 Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War
Cousin of Patrick Henry