‘The Patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree’

flag.jpg“The Patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.”

Revolutionary War era poet Thomas Campbell paid tribute to the soldiers who fought in the American Revolutionary War with these words that serve as reminders for us today that we would not have the freedoms we hold dear were it not for the sacrifice of our country’s patriots.

We should remember these heroes every day, but today on Memorial Day, we most particularly hold thoughts for those soldiers who have paid the ultimate price — giving their very lives so that we may be free.

Time-honored traditions began early in the morning in local communities across the nation. Flags adorned headstones, bands played, streets are lined with banners, anthems sung.

In today’s situations of disillusionment and lack of faith in our government, Mark Twain’s words come to mind:

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”

We are reminded with these words that it doesn’t matter whether we agree or not with the politics of the governing class or the party in power. The bottom line as Americans is that our loyalty and love of country — and the freedom, faith and fortitude on which it stands — never wane.

Above all, that we remember our soldiers who have paid the price, and remember them with the highest of honor — and honor them with the deepest of gratitude, a gratitude that allows us to find ways to give back, however small our token, in the name of Freedom and Patriotism.