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This Memorial Day, let’s all learn from our heroes

Today we remember the brave men and women that gave all to protect our freedom. They took up the highest obligation – sacrificing their lives for us to be free… Long may their memories live. #MemorialDay

This year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Memorial Day becoming a federal holiday, and today we remember those who took up the highest obligation – sacrificing their lives for us to be free.

These great men and women are our heroes for they put their lives daily on the line to protect this country from both domestic and foreign enemies. The sacrifices we celebrate today should be a guiding light for all of us, that as Americans we may purpose to give of our time and our resources for the benefit of our country.

We remember those who put their lives on the line to make sure our families are safe, despite them being very far from their own families. As a nation we should be proud to have had them, and it is in us that their fighting spirit lives on. It is our responsibility to make sure that the sacrifice they made for us was not in vain.

We owe it to our heroic service men and women today to not just remember, but to also put our words into action. Just because we cannot all be in the battlefield does not mean we do not have a role to play. It is through actively giving of ourselves that we will be an embodiment of our fallen brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate price for us to be free today.

Our noble service men and women gave their lives for the common good and we celebrate their lives with great honour, pride and respect. It takes great sacrifice, dedication and team work to achieve greatness and we should not take their effort for granted.

It is therefore our civic duty as ordinary citizens to accord our service men and veterans the much love and respect they deserve, also support them with employment opportunities when and if they require. Let us make our nation comfortable enough for our service men and veterans to walk into a psychosocial support centre without victimizing them.

Elmer Davis once said, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave”. Today we honor the brave who are with us and those who fell in the line of duty. They are the reason why we enjoy freedom.

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