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Memorial Day 2010: Be a Hero!!

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 31, 2010 9:39 AM |

Our country is filled with heroes.

Today we remember those individuals who have given their lives so we could be free. These men and women are true heroes. Interestingly enough, though, these fallen brothers and sisters of ours would not see themselves as heroes but just as citizens of this great land who were called to duty and gave of themselves. They gave so much and made the ultimate sacrifice in the process. Does our nation as a whole fully appreciate and embrace their sacrifice? Sometimes I wonder.

I firmly believe the economic challenges we face currently are correlated with the lack of appreciation we have allowed to develop for those who sacrificed for us. How can we regenerate that undying sense of patriotism and love?

On this Memorial Day 2010, how then can we best honor the real heroes who have given everything they had for us? Let us not merely pause and reflect but let us truly take action. What kind of action? Give. The greatest gift you can give is the gift of yourself. While many view giving in terms of resources, the greatest gift one can give is the gift of your time and talents.

Find the opportunity to give of your time and your talents within your homes, your neighborhoods, your communities. In the midst of your barbecues, pool parties, and picnics, think about how you can create an opportunity to make our nation just a little bit better by giving of yourself. In the process, you will be paying the ultimate respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

As inspiration for your giving and for being a true hero yourself, please consider this short video:

God Bless America!!! Yes, God, the one who gave his only Son so we could be saved.

We need more giving in our world. Let it be you. Let it start today. Be a hero!


  • Patriot

    Thank You for these sentiments!!

  • Pride

    Nice commentary. Similar message in the Huffington Post today, Memorial Day, One Holiday, Two Countries,

    And that message has never been more important. When my grandfather came home from World War II, he returned to a country that felt the war personally (12% of the American public had served). He came home to a nation committed to supporting the warriors. Today’s veterans are returning to a country in which very few Americans have felt the cost of war, so very few Americans are in touch with the challenges our community is facing. Even on the most sacred remembrance day of the year, and after nine years of war on two fronts, too many Americans see Monday as just another play day.

    But you can help change that. Take a moment this Monday to pause and pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. Every American can pledge to help make Memorial Day the day of remembrance, not the day of mattress sales. Even if you’re at the beach, you can take a moment to pause with your family and teach your kids what Memorial Day signifies. You can teach yourself and your family about what it means to serve your family, your community, and your country.

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