Memorial Day – A day to remember

Each week I write an article about various topics all centered on various marketing and business themes in an attempt to impart my knowledge and experience to my readers. Today I am going to take a detour and talk about something that while not business related effects each and every one of us.

This weekend much of the nation will be celebrating; families and friends will be getting together to barbecue and celebrate Memorial day, with kids running in the yard and their parents gathered around the picnic table enjoying the beer, the food, the weather, and the company of good friends and family discussing various topics about their lives and most of us happy that we don’t have to work on Monday and this three-day weekend symbolically representing the beginning of summer. In the midst of this celebration let us all take a moment to remember what this day is really about; the men and women who have died in service of this great country so that we may continue to enjoy that luxury that we take for granted, freedom. While we can all find reason to complain, and we can all find things about our government that we don’t like and the current battle taking place between the Conservatives and the Liberals with an election on the horizon in which a big struggle for power will take place in Washington among our elected officials in government, and we can all find fault with one another one thing is for certain; whether you are White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, American Indian, and whether you work for a fortune 500 company or work for the city collecting trash, whether you live in New York, Atlanta, Dallas, or Las Angeles, we are all Americans. We all enjoy the freedom and protection that the Bill of Rights and the Constitution gives us, the right to speak freely, the right to worship freely, the right to live where we want, to marry who we want, the right to own a business and make a profit; capitalism. All of this was given to us because on some rock, in some jungle or in the middle of some dessert men and women have died in battle so that you and I could have those rights to live such a privileged existence.

In the memory of the many who were slain in battle and who sacrificed their life so that you could live yours, please take a moment and offer them a prayer of thanks.

Since the birth of this great nation of ours men and women have laid down their lives honorably and freely so that we may continue to live in this nation Under God with liberty and freedom like none before it. (Joe Melle)