This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
As I write this post, it is the evening of July 4, 2017. As my friend Hal recently wrote, today people from coast to coast will spend untold Billions of Dollars on festivities ranging from food to fireworks. You can read Hal’s post here.
Today people will enjoy the day and may never give thought to why we’re commemorating it. I’m not going to explain what July 4th is all about because I don’t really want to do a 4th of July post. I’m more interested in a human experience post.
On July 1, 2017, my brother and I visited the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall that was displayed in Oswego Illinois. The wall honors all of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War which was fought from 1955 through 1975.
As I made my way through the memorial, I came upon the picture that you see at the top of this post. This photo is of 20-year-old Richard Wayne Palcowski; 12.28.49 – 08.27.70. Servicemen Palcowski was killed in the Vietnam Province of Quang Ngai from small arms fire.
Many have given their all for the freedom that we enjoy, for the lives that we can build, and for the ability to pursue our dreams. When I see the real people who have given their lives for my freedom, I feel that I owe it to them to do my best to change the world, to make it better, to expand what it means to be a lover of freedom…American freedom.
Take a deep breath and resolve to do for this world what men and women like Serviceman Richard Wayne Palcowski will never have the life to do themselves because they gave it up for us.