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Honoring those who died and Fought for us

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Honoring those who died for us… or are we? A good number of Americans can’t tell you what Memorial Day is all about. While some will tell you it’s about a long weekend, others will say it’s another BBQ day. The real Americans will tell you that it is a day to honor those Americans who died to give us the FREEDOM to forget what the day is about, or to remember what the day was about. The freedom to go out on the lake or to the park with your family. The freedom to do just about anything you wants.

The Freedom to call President Obama a Liar, Or for us to accuse members of the administration openly and in writing. Yes The freedom to say or recall anything you want. It is the freedom to openly ridicule our President, Government and troops to all the world without fear of becoming a political prisoner or being taken out back and being shot.

I will tell you what I will be remembering… I will remember that it was American soldiers that freed my mother and her family from Italy in WWII, so that she could come here and we could have a better life. By today’s standards America would probably have been told they should have stayed out of that war also because the oppressed people didn’t actually ask for their help.

I will be remembering all the dead American soldiers that died for others all around the world so they could be free from communism or oppression from dictators so that others could enjoy the freedoms that we have.

I will remember how American lives were given on foreign soil, twice, to liberate France so they could have the freedom to come against us in many ways during these last few wars with terrorism. I will remember the how American lives were also given to liberate Germany so they could also have the freedom to come against last few wars with terrorism.

Some may say that we Americans think that we are so good and righteous that we need to be the “Policemen of the World”. I don’t think that is it at all. I think it’s no different than when most good Americans who aren’t wrapped up in their own lives or agendas see another person in real need, stop and help, without any need for repayment.

What I will be trying to forget is all the bitterness that I STILL hear in the news. I read in the paper how the world is outraged that we would occupy IRAQ or Afghanistan, The freedom for the news or press to ONLY show us the few that want us out of those places.

I will be trying to forget all the pictures of the destruction being shown to us from oversees and trying to envision some of the articles I have read about Americans rebuilding schools, hospitals, and homes and the children having places of education, with electricity and hot running water, and the AMERICAN soldiers who put themselves in harms way to protect others who can’t protect themselves.

I will be continue to remember the 9/11 victims. Not because they were brave people, but because we can’t let it happen again… here or anywhere else.

A sincere thanks to all the AMERICANS that selflessly gave their lives, be it by death or by service in the armed forces, who have made this country a safer place for me and my family. I only wish I could repay the debt.

May God continue to bless you and your families.

Why is There No Mention of ‘God’ in the Quotes at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Jr. King Memorial?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2011 — “God” does not appear in any of the quotes from Dr. King at his memorial in Washington, D.C. (For a list of all the quotes go to Wikipedia: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.)

Failure to include the mention of God in the memorial is a shocking betrayal of the life, legacy and teachings of Dr. King who was an ordained Christian minister and pastor.

The question must be asked, “How is possible to have a memorial dedicated to Rev. King and not even mention the word ‘God’ once in any of his quotes?”

Failure to include the mention “God” in any of the Dr. King quotes demonstrates a troubling erosion of public expressions of faith and God in the public square.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., comments:

“Just a few days ago I walked to the Dr. King Memorial for a moment of inspiration, reflection and prayer. It was the first time I had visited the memorial.

“The setting and vision of the memorial was powerful and moving and served as a prophetic reminder that we must always stand for human rights and justice.

“As I walked around the memorial, I was stunned and shocked to see that the mention of ‘God’ was not included in any of the quotes from Dr. King on the granite wall surrounding his sculpture.

“Dr. King was an ordained Christian minister and pastor who made faith in God and the teachings of Christ the central part of his life and message. The heart of the civil rights movement was rooted in the church and drew its strength from the timeless truths proclaimed by God.

“Not to include any mention of ‘God’ in the quotes at the memorial is a betrayal of the life, legacy and teachings embraced and lived by Dr. King. I think he would have been stunned and disappointed to see this oversight.

“How is it possible to have a memorial dedicated to a Christian minister, who based his entire message on faith in God and the teachings of Christ and whose movement was founded in the church and not include even one mention of God?

“Simply stated, it is very troubling, dishonest, and should be corrected.”