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Veterans Day Recognizes Sacrifice and Commitment

On today, Veterans Day, we honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and commitment to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We are reminded to think about the sacrifices and service of the men and women who have valiantly and selflessly committed themselves to military service to bring freedom and democracy to persons in other countries and under other government rule.

American flag, white fence, small headstone, pots of mums in purple, yellow and orange.

We make and keep commitments and willingly sacrifice so that others may enjoy a better life.

They fight so that others might enjoy the same freedoms we enjoy, and to ensure we continue to enjoy those freedoms ourselves.

It got me to thinking about how those of us not in the military are also committed to serve others and make sacrifices for them right here at home, every day.

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Give a Cheer for Independence!

No day is happier for Americans than today, July 4,  the day we celebrate our Declaration of Independence.

Spider and palm fireworks against a black sky

We celebrate the unlimited possibilities of what can be accomplished when we set out to build a brighter future

The principles upon which our country was founded, as embodied in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, are freedoms we struggle with every day as a democratic nation.    Continue reading

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In Memorial, In Reconciliation

I heard someone the other day chide that, in case we forgot, this day is Memorial Day, it is not National Barbeque Day.

American flag, cenotaph marker, white picket fence, backlit by sun

We give thanks today for those who have served our country in the cause of freedom.

That’s true in the same way that Christmas is not Santa Claus Day and Easter is not about a bunny, Thanksgiving is not about Football, Independence Day is not about fireworks and Labor Day is not about marking the end of summer. Continue reading

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