Memorial Day, 2010Another Memorial Day here in the U.S., and another year that we commemorate and remember those who’ve given their lives for our freedom and our nation.

Those who have died did so that, in the future, our country might be safer. They died so that great evils could be done away with in WWII (and WWI). They died so that politicians could wage endless, unwinnable wars for political ideals (Vietnam, Korea, and now Iraq). They died, quite simply, so that we could enjoy the freedoms we so often take for granted in our country.

I am grateful for the country I live in and for the sacrifices others have made to not only attain its freedom, but to keep it. Today, we remember their lives.

For every veteran and every active duty soldier and individual in military uniform — thank you.

Thank you for the sacrifice you continue to make every day on our behalf. And for every family who’s lost a soldier due to service to their country — thank you. Thank you for your family member who’s made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. No words can ever express the debt we owe these brave men and women.

(This is an edited version of the post I made last year on Memorial Day.)