We go day to day complaining about this or that and we lose site of the most simple of concepts. We are free due to many before that gave that ultimate contribution their life and freedom. Paterson history is a study of conflicting goals as noted in the fight to preserve our industrial history in an orderly fashion but, let's take a moment and remember what our brave men and women in the military have already done and continue to do for this country and for freedom around the globe. After the disgraceful way we treated Vietnam vets, we promised to never let that happen again. Today is a great chance to stop and remember the price the countless heroes have paid to secure our freedom.
This Memorial Day, I’m drawn more than ever to the words of Abraham Lincoln. Speaking in his Gettysburg Address, he said,“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Those beautiful words describe not only the incredible price American soldiers pay for our freedom, but also the responsibility that we owe to those soldiers to make sure their sacrifice was not in vain. Everyday, “We the People” are charged with making sure freedom is not lost in this great country. Do you want to be the generation that allowed freedom to perish? That allowed the greatest nation in the history of the planet to fail? I for one am not going to sit silently and wait for someone else to do something about it. The time for action is now.
I know you are busy. But I urge you to do whatever it is you can. One day your kids will ask you what you did during this time. The words of Samuel Adams come to mind:
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; may your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countryman."
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