My father served in World War II, earning 5 bronze stars. Both of his brothers served plus his two brother-in-laws.
They never talked about what they went through, all they sacrificed, only why they served, what they fought for.
They fought to protect our country, to protect our freedom. They knew if Hitler won, our freedom would be lost. They were willing to sacrifice their lives so that we might be free. The same is true of the Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. Our soldiers put everything on the line so that we may live free.
For my father, religious freedom was important, probably the most important freedom we have. He, his brothers and brother-in-laws were devout Catholics. Their military service and sacrifices were motivated by their faith, by their desire to keep this country one where they had freedom of religion.
How can we let our government take away our religious freedom now? How can we allow the government to force Catholics to violate their faith by paying for birth control? Hundreds of thousands of American soldiers have given their lives to protect our freedoms. Now are we going to passively sit by and let this government gradually take away those freedoms? Are we going to let the president in effect degrade their sacrifices and figuratively spit on their graves? Are we going to let him throw away their sacrifices just to please Planned Parenthood and his political allies?
Do we really care about our country? Do we really care about the price these soldiers paid for our freedom? Do we really care about the millions of military personnel who risked all so that we can be free? Will we dishonor their sacrifices by passively sitting by while the president throws out the First Amendment?
This Memorial Day remember not only the sacrifices made but the rights these soldiers died to protect.
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