This weekend, people are honoring those men and women who gave their lives to protect the United States, and in doing so, they were giving their all to insure that our freedom will continue.
Among other things, people are marking graves with flags, laying wreaths, firing volleys, playing taps and giving speeches all in honor of these dead patriots.
Bugle calls and speeches are a lot of hot air. Volleys of gunfire are a form of honor, but they are simply loud noises. Flags and wreaths are more durable, but in comparison to what the veterans give, flags and wreaths are pretty cheap honor.
A more fitting honor would be to live our lives in ways that bring greatness and honor to the United States of America:
Respect all religions. In this way, we strengthen our religious freedom.
Allow everyone to speak even when we do not agree. In this way we strengthen our freedom of speech.
Vote intelligently. Educate yourself and vote for the candidates who you think will best serve the country. In this way we strengthen our country.
Respect our elected officers even when we disagree with them and even if we did not vote for them. Even if you do not like a government official, respect the office he or she holds, for in doing so you help the government to run smoothly.
Obey laws, even if you think they are stupid for we are a country with laws enacted by representatives of the people who serve their constituents by enacting laws that are intended to bring peace and tranquility to all.
Use you skills and intelligence to build and strengthen your life, your community, your state and your nation.
A college classmate, 2nd Lt. George Stivers (Army) lies in a grave, and the remains of a high school classmate, Captain Paul Gee (Marine pilot) are scattered on the ocean floor off of Danang. Neither is aware of what we are doing, but I know that they would be pleased if they could know that all Americans made good use of the rights and privileges they died to preserve.