This weekend we in the United States are celebrating Memorial Day. Many will be consumed with having parties, cookouts, going to the beach, or just enjoying an extra day off work.

How many, I wonder, will pause to reflect on why we have a holiday in the first place? Memorial Day is a day that is commemorated to all those who have given their lives in service to our country to preserve our freedom.

Freedom is not free. There is a price to pay. Thousands of American men and women have given their time and often their lives as a sacrifice to preserve the precious gift we here in the United States enjoy.

I am free in so many ways. I am free to dress as I choose, worship where and how I choose, speak my opinion and thoughts through this blog, and vote, to name a few. I am especially grateful as a woman when I see how women in third world countries are treated or rather, mistreated. Many still wear hoods and cover their heads and cannot worship in the same place as the men.

What will you do this holiday weekend to honor those who have given themselves for our freedom? More importantly, what will you do to help others be free? Will you speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves? Will you stand up for liberty and justice for all? Will you write and share with me?

As we celebrate Memorial Day tomorrow, let us pause to reflect and give thanks for our many blessings in this country and also commit to taking action to helping others be free as well.

Until next time, keep looking up!

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