Well, 2016 has certainly been an interesting year so far, hasn’t it? This election cycle has been unlike any in recent memory, and will certainly be studied by political scientists and historians for years to come. At the end of the day, regardless of your political affiliations or beliefs, when it came time to head to the polls, everyone had the opportunity to make their voices heard in exercising their right to vote.
In times like these, I’m reminded that our ability to hold open and fair elections, along with sometime vigorous debate, is the result of the sacrifice and dedication of a special group of people. In May, we solemnly pause to remember those who paid the ultimate price in the defense of our country, and, in July we celebrate the awesomeness of the United States of America. Today is the day that we thank, honor, and remember the millions of people who have given up part or all of their lives to ensure our freedoms.
To them, I say ‘thank you’.
When you live in a country like ours, it can be easy to lose perspective. We don’t often think about how much effort goes into protecting our country from outside influence and danger. We have a tendency to forget that we live in a country of relative safety, a feeling many other countries will never know. And we can lose sight in the midst of political emotion and rhetoric that our vigorous debate is the result of the free speech we enjoy. Everything we enjoy about living in America is the result of millions of our friends, neighbors, and family members who go to work each day with the goal of defending our freedoms.
Those who choose to serve in the armed services put their family lives on hold and their own lives on the line because they chose to believe in the greater good. For their dedication, we will forever be grateful.