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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 a trial Attorney and author of the new book on higher education, “Of Serfs and Lords: Why College Tuition is Creating a Debtor Class”

Rich is a former Assistant Law School Dean and Law Professor. At Mason Law Kelsey conceived of, planned, and brought to fruition Mason’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as CPIP, drawing on his expertise as a former CEO of a technology company specializing in combating cyber-fraud.

Before returning to private practice, Rich 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.

He is a regular commentator on legal and political issues in print, radio and on TV. Rich has appeared on hundreds of stations as a legal expert or political commentator. He provided the legal analysis for all stages of the Bob McDonnell trial and appeal for numerous outlets including NPR and WMAL.

Rich also writes on occasion for the American Spectator and CNSNews.com.

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.

His Twitter handle is @richkelsey.