Why Remembering Matters

By Piper Bayard

America is not a location. America is an ideal. It is the dream of a country where the government answers to the people, and not the other way around.

Because America is an ideal, Americans are not born. Rather, America, itself, is born anew with each generation that embraces the ideal and chooses to take up the mantle of responsibility for its self-governance and its freedoms. For America to exist, each generation must make that choice, and each generation must defend the ideal.

Today, we honor those who have fallen in defense of the American ideal. May each new generation remember these American men and women and honor their sacrifices that they shall not have died in vain. If the day comes when we forget these soldiers, we will have forgotten ourselves and our purpose, and in doing so, we will no longer be Americans.

A most profound thank you to all who serve in our armed forces and clandestine services.

Canstock 2014 Memorial Day Boy saluting flag

14 comments on “Why Remembering Matters

  1. KM Huber says:

    Thank you, Piper, for reminding me why I am an American. Of late, I have struggled….

  2. Very nice, Piper! Great reminders to us all, and very worthy of passing down to the next generation ~

  3. tucsonmike says:

    Reblogged this on I am an Author, I Must Auth and commented:
    Spot on! I have always said this about America, that we are an ideal.

  4. tomwisk says:

    With the uproar about the VA, now is the time we remember those who served. Those who returned and those who didn’t. Thanks.

  5. tomwisk says:

    Reblogged this on tomwisk.

  6. Well said! America is not a location, but an ideal. Dead. Solid. PERFECT!

  7. Well said, Piper. Sentiments equally shared by your neighbours to the north.

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