Memorial Day with Rebecca Wood
I would like to give acknowledgment for Memorial Day. In spite of the many memes that float around on social media these days, several still may not realize the differences between Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and the Armed Forces Day.
Armed Forces is a day set aside to recognize the soldiers currently serving in our military and fighting for our freedoms… Thank you.
Veteran’s Day is the day we thank those who have already served and came home to us safely. They fought for the freedoms we are enjoying now… Also, thank you.
Memorial Day is a day that is for those who wore the uniform but did not make it home. They gave the ultimate sacrifice; they died to provide us the same freedoms that so many others have fought to give to us and allowed us to keep.
I cannot personally thank those brave men and women today, but I would like to reach out to the families who have lost their husbands, wives, sons and daughters. I want to tell you that I appreciate what they did for their country – for people like us.
When our country was founded, we continued to follow the rule of King George. It wasn’t until 1775 that General George Washington took up arms and built an army, the Revolutionary Army. In April of that year, we began war against King George of England. We did it from Lexington, Massachusetts with the Battle of Bunker Hill.
We were fighting for our freedoms then, for the right to have free speech, to assemble (peacefully, without rule), to be free to choose our religion, to have the right to a free press, the right to petition the government when they stood against us, and for the right to bear arms to protect us from government tyranny.
Those are the first two of ten Amendments to the Constitution; the first two of the Bill of Rights. They’re important because they give us more freedoms than you may realize.
That’s what those brave Revolutionary soldiers died to give us. That’s what these brave soldiers today fight to keep for us. That is what our brave soldiers today have died for so, that we may go on living in a free nation. Do not let their blood shed and deaths be in vain.
Stand proud for America just as they did. When you see the American flag of the United States, remember these fallen heroes and stand in respect. Rejoice in our freedoms and never forget what they did for us. Memorial Day is more than a day off from work, or a BBQ at the beach… It’s day to thank the heroes who gave everything they had for people they’ve never met.
Rebecca Wood, the Real People's Candidate
Nevada District 4
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