You stand today in a free society. This is the sort of country where people are free to blog about consumer electronics or anything else they want. You’re free to walk across the street, free to pursue happiness, free to live your life under clear blue skies. We’re even free to criticize our leaders or those who want to be our leaders without fear of retribution.
Those freedoms didn’t come free.
Today, we pause to think about the millions of Americans who fought all over the world to make sure that you can check your facebook status without being afraid of the black boot of tyranny. Many of them didn’t make it back home. They gave up their chance to have a long life full of family and friends so that you could have those things.
Take one day a year — even better, take every day — and think about the sacrifices that have been made for you. Thank a veteran who made it home, and visit your local war memorial and think about the names you’ll find on that statue.