Memorial Day

CHICAGO, IL: Soldier Statue with American Flag at Soldier field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

I stood in the heat and listened to the names of Cherry Hill's greatest starting at 11 a.m, as I, and my family, always do on Memorial Day. It's the least that we can do to show gratitude to those that served in the military and provided the ability for all within the United States of America to live free, liberty filled lives.

Understanding the foundation of this country's freedoms is a necessity when one thinks about the luxuries of life provided by simply residing within the boundaries of America. Media coverage of the Philadelphia Union is rooted in the historical importance of the journalism industry, something that provides everyone with news, analysis and the knowledge that there are people monitoring those that handle our money, security and things out of our peripheral view.

Thank you to those who gave it their all and to those that committed the ultimate sacrifice in creating this nation and keeping it safe. Our freedoms, such as the free speech aspects of Twitter and other social networking, came with bloodshed, not just talk.

To those service men and women who are still active, or have service in the recent times and in the far away past, thank you for going out and putting your lives on the line so that I can sit here and think about it all while using a laptop, the Internet and watching the Philadelphia Phillies play the New York Mets.

All those things are taken for granted by me, along with most of the country, on any given day, which makes the yearly reminder of Memorial Day all the more important year-in-and-year-out.

Go spend time with your family, people who are around and enjoying time with you because of countless citizens of America that helped to provide the chance to do so.

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