Editor-In-Chief/Columnist: Nicole Commisso
Ronald Reagan once said in a Message on the Observance of Memorial Day:
“I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.”
On Memorial Day, we need to put the best shopping sales, BBQs, and beach days in the back of our minds. We must put those who put their lives on the line and those who have given their lives for the service and protection of America’s freedom directly in the front. Memorial Day is a significant time to remember the incredible sacrifice that the brave men and women who fight and have fought for our country make and made for our freedom and to give us the ability to proudly say, “I am an American.”
Our great country was founded on freedom. As Americans, we have many freedoms that a lot of citizens in other countries do not – the freedom to stand up for what we believe in and protest what we are against (me writing this blog), the freedom to follow our own “American Dream,” the freedom to practice any religion we believe in, equality for men and women, equality for all races, etc. As a woman, I am very aware that I would not even have the opportunity to get an education or drive a car if I were in a place like Saudi Arabia, let alone have the equal opportunities here in America such as the ability to interview for the same job as a man.
We sometimes tend to take for granted the freedoms we have as Americans as we live our busy, hectic lives. But, when people get offended by free speech (opinions other than their own), decimate the American flag, and stick up for terrorists whose religion wants to destroy us, there needs to be a closer look taken at the world in places such as Syria where the freedom level is NOTHING CLOSE to ours. As the granddaughter of a veteran and a friend to many who are in the military, I strongly believe we need to acknowledge the privilege it is to be an American. We need to defend our military in return for their selfless defense for our freedoms.
I am undeniably proud to be an American and will continue to be tremendously thankful for those who protect our great country.
Associate Editor/Columnist: Michael Bove
What does Memorial Day mean to me?
Like so many other Americans, I come from a family of immigrants. My great-grandfather, a poor, uneducated Italian 18-year-old came to this great country just prior to the Second World War. At the time, Europe was struggling to recover from World War One, Fascism and Nazism were rising, and Communism had just gotten a foothold in the Soviet Union. Those dangerous movements were oppressing millions of Europeans and taking away their liberties and freedoms. Shortly after landing on Ellis Island, my great-grandfather worked with a local businessman to open up a coal station. Many years and generations later, my family transformed that coal station into a multi-state propane retailer.
I have been blessed to be a part of a family that has lived the American dream and had the freedom to start and run a business. My family’s successes, however, would not have been possible without the absolute sacrifices made by those whom we honor on Memorial Day. If it were not for the brave Americans who lost their lives in World War One, my great-grandfather might have never had the opportunity to immigrate to the United States.
Without American men and women fighting in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, and so many other conflicts, forces of evil and oppression might have encroached on our soil and done damage to our institutions that uphold the U.S. Constitution. Being an American citizen is a privilege that allows me to do a number of things that I wouldn’t be able to do in other countries, such as writing for this blog (especially considering that I wrote a piece that was critical of the current President). In many other countries, people can be fined, imprisoned, or even executed for writing opposing positions or speaking out against the ruling party of their government.
I am thankful that I have the right to speak out and write freely, and I only have those rights because of the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces to defend said rights. I hope that we, as American citizens, can fully appreciate the reason that we have a “Memorial Day”. Sure, it’s nice to get a day off from school and work, but really we should be consciously focusing on the sacrifices made by millions of Americans so that we have the opportunity to live freely in this great nation.
Columnist: Alex Pearce
Memorial Day, a time to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this great nation. It is the least we can do for the brave heroes of our armed forces. Without them, our security, freedom, and values would be lost to the evil forces of this world.
Though to many this weekend is an extra day off from work, it is vital that we remember the true meaning of this “holiday.” There is no greater honor than to give one’s life in defense of the United States. As a nation, though we may have our differences, we ought to remember, and preserve, the legacy of the brave men and women who allow us to have those differences. We must never take a day in this great nation for granted, as being citizens of the United States is the greatest blessing an individual can receive.
This Memorial Day, please take a moment to reflect, and respect, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Without them, we are nothing. Godspeed to all those who have laid down their lives for our country, may you live forever in our memory.