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Take Time to Visit A Cemetery or Ceremony this Memorial Day

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By Hardy Brown

Memorial Day was originally established as a day to remember those who lost their lives in the Civil War and later expanded to all Americans killed during service to our country.

This Memorial Day weekend will have greater significance due to the recent war with Iraq and those who lost their lives fighting on America’s behalf. Anyone who kept track of the recent war could not help but place themselves in the position of our soldiers as they witnessed the bombs exploding and bodies being dragged from the rubble.

Many speeches are given around the joke of the chicken and pig wanting to have bacon and eggs for breakfast. For the chicken to eat it was going to involve laying a few eggs without any other hardship. For the pig it was going to be fatal and a total contribution without ever having the opportunity to eat the breakfast.

Whether you support or do not support the efforts of any war becomes irrelevant when it comes to the total contribution for the price of freedom. You can put yourself into either the category of the chicken or the pig.

For the soldier on the front line would identify with the pig while those of us who send, discuss, appropriate the funds or contribute the money fall in with the chicken. Now there is nothing wrong with the chicken because I've had many a good breakfast with just eggs and no bacon or ham however it is always better with a little bit of bacon.

For those of us who take off this day of freedom let us pay tribute to those who gave their all for us to enjoy this freedom. When you take time to go shopping, take time to visit a veteran’s cemetery or ceremony. When you take time to bar-b-que in the backyard or at the park, take time to visit a veteran’s cemetery or ceremony.

When you take time to just sit and talk with family and friends, take time to visit a veteran’s cemetery or ceremony. If you don't want to do any of the things mentioned, do research on why people go to war in the first place.

Why do we stop talking and start fighting?

Why did we go into the Civil War that we are still fighting?

Why did we go into the War of 1812?

Why did we go into World War I?

Why did we go into World War II?

Why did we go into war with Korea?

Why did we go into war with Vietnam?

Why did we go into war with Iraq and could any or all of them have been avoided. What solutions would you have offered to prevent this conflict in the first place?

What solutions could you offer to prevent conflicts in the future?

Let us take time to show respect and take time to seek solutions that will prevent future conflicts. Let us take time to create a breakfast without the pig having to make the total sacrifice.

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