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Memorial Day: Enjoy the Gift of Liberty and Remember its Price

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On Memorial Day, we remember those who died for our liberty. It is a day of honor. It is a day of reverence. It is a day to remember … or memorialize … those who gave their life for the high ideals of liberty and America … the world’s greatest experiment of freedom.

I have read and seen the tweets, posts, articles, and columns that have reminded Americans that this is not Veterans’ day. It is not right or appropriate to say, “happy Memorial Day.” I have heard the call that Americans should be mindful of the purpose of the day. I agree.

Still, let’s not be preachy about Memorial Day.  Let’s soak in the gift of liberty.

Enjoy your day. Have fun. Embrace family.  Find an adventure. Laugh and rejoice. Dance like no one is watching … or like you hope everyone is watching. Play your favorite games. Indulge in the small things that make you happy and cherish the important people who make your life complete.

The price of your happiness is fully paid, and painful as are the continued installments that fund our liberty, Freedom isn’t supposed to be some form of moral guilt.

Your great day is why and for what our soldiers died.

Their sacrifice would truly be in vain if the reward of liberty’s bounty were in any way inhibited. Not one American hero ever died with his or her last thought being about how Americans might act on Memorial Day. They died thinking, praying, hoping, wishing that they could have more time … more days of freedom.

Their deaths gave you that gift. Drink it up. Breathe it in. Let the juice of liberty pour from your chin because your bite of it was too damned big. Let the whiff of liberty intoxicate you.

Be drunk with Freedom.

Sometime today … in between every moment of reckless freedom … take a minute to remember those who made it possible.  Remember too that your guarantee of freedom is not a birthright.  The forces aligned against liberty have been so aligned since the dawn of man. Our liberty, in that respect, is unnatural.

Our liberty exists because men and women are willing to die for it … and die they have.

Mourn them. Cheer them. Then live life out-loud for those who gave their last full measure of devotion for their country … and mostly … for their countrymen.

Your freedom wasn’t free … but it is meant to be guilt free.  Soak it up … so you know its value and you are ready to defend it if that time comes.

For those whose blood seals the sacred promise of our liberty, and for your loved ones, we honor you with reverence and respect.  Thank you for your defense of God’s greatest gift to mankind … liberty and free choice.

Now … let freedom ring.

Richard Kelsey

Author: Richard Kelsey

Richard Kelsey is the Editor-in-Chief of Committed Conservative.

He is an Attorney, a former Assistant Law School Dean, Law Professor, and Virginia state court law clerk. Dean Kelsey was also the CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud. He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV.

Rich graduated from George Mason law school, clerked for the Arlington Circuit Court, and later joined an AM LAW top 10 law firm practicing commercial litigation. He left the firm to be counsel and CEO to a consulting firm, rising to CEO of Turiss, LLC, a technology firm specializing in computer forensics, digital investigations, and fighting cyber-fraud through civil intel services and new technologies. Upon the sale of the company, Kelsey returned to Mason Law, where in the years before his return, he both taught at the school and served as President of the Law Alumni Association. Kelsey was the Assistant Dean for Management and Planning.

At Mason, Dean Kelsey taught legal writing and analysis and an advanced litigation seminar. In 2014 he was elected by the graduating class as the faculty speaker at their graduation. While serving the former George Mason Law, Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP.

Rich has appeared on radio, TV, and in print hundreds of times as both a legal expert and political and legal commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL. He writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com. He returned to private practice in September of 2016, and he is working on a book/expose on legal education.

In his free time, Rich is part of the baseball mafia of Northern Virginia, serving on numerous boards and as a little league and travel baseball coach.

Rich has many opinions, and they are his own. His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.