If you ever have the chance to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, go. Spend several hours, get the audio tour, go alone, go with family or go with a friend. Bring your kids. Just do it. It will move your soul. On this Memorial Day when we remember those who have given their lives in service for our country, it does not seem enough to say, “Thank You.” Today is not about a day off from work or a day for sales. It’s a day to stop and pay tribute to every man and woman who made the ultimate sacrifice for us, for our freedoms…all we hold dear in this country we love. Please also remember their families for they gave us their greatest gift…their sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. Freedom has never been easy and it has never been free. It has always come on the backs of those with the strength, courage and determination to stand up for the rest of us. Perhaps beyond ‘thank you’ the best way to truly honor those who have died for our country is to not squander, abuse or take for granted all of the wonderful freedoms and rights for which they gave their lives. To treat each other with kindness. To respect and value our differences while remembering all the values we hold in common. Speak softer, collaborate more for the good of the whole. To be a little gentler. To have more compassion and empathy. To live life honorably.
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