May 30, 2010 5:41:00 PM
To many, Memorial Day is just another day off from work, a time to have a picnic with family and friends and a time to enjoy a long weekend. What lies behind Memorial Day is another thing, though. The holiday is a time for us to commemorate the lives of those who died in military service, protecting our American freedom.
There is a saying that "All Gave Some...Some Gave All." We honor all our military, both veterans and active, and appreciate their service throughout the year. However, on Memorial Day, we especially remember the "some (who) gave all" for our freedom. On Veterans'' Day, we especially remember all those who gave and those who are still giving service so that we may continue to enjoy our freedom.
American Gold Star Mothers (AGSM) is a group of mothers who have lost their children in military service. While AGSM members have lost both sons and daughters, members of the Forever Faithful Chapter, Department of Mississippi, of AGSM have lost only sons. The Chapter proudly remembers their sons: Shane, Lucas, Brandon, Brian, Jonathan, Taylor, Blake, Larry, Seth, John, Jason, and Taurean. These young men are part of the special group who gave all for their country.
This year on Memorial Day, take time to remember these young men and all other military personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This day is truly a time that we should remember, "Freedom isn''t free."
Patricia Freeman, Caledonia
The writer is the mother of SSG Brian Freeman, who was killed in action in Iraq 11-7-05.