It's Memorial Day weekend. Tomorrow is the day put aside in the United States of America to remember those who died for our country. It is also a time to remember those who are still fighting.
It is easy, with all of the freedom we have, to criticize the government and the military. We forget that freedom was bought for us by the blood of a million service men and women over the last two centuries. It is easy to forget that we are Americans because of the vision and sacrifice of those who came to this country three and four centuries ago.
My husband has traced the genealogies of our family back to those who immigrated from other lands. Some came here before the Revolutionary War, when America was still a British colony. Some came as recently as three generations ago - my great grandparents. Some of your families may have come more recently. Some of you may be immigrants yourself.
America is not perfect. Americans are not perfect. We are all trying to get through the day. However, we must remember why we are Americans. It doesn't matter how we got here. We now enjoy freedoms that our ancestors only dreamed of. We enjoy freedoms that many other countries do not have, even today. So, while you're enjoying your barbecue or camping trip this weekend, take time to remember those who gave it all so that we could have "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."