I know this is not about Football, but this coming Monday is Memorial Day down here in the States, and all weekend long many Americans will be firing up the grills, drinking alot of beer (american p** water at that), and talking about every subject ranging from Politics to how much they hate their jobs.
Unfortunately very few (and getting fewer every year) people will take the time to say a prayer or even a kind word in thanks to the many,many people throughout the decades that have committed the ultimate sacrifice in protecting those Grills…the food being cooked on them…the beer they are swigging down…the cars they are driving…the houses they live in…the political ranting they do at every party without persecution or prosecution…in essence…THE VERY FREEDOM THAT JUST ABOUT EVERY AMERICAN TAKES FOR GRANTED!!
I understand that Canada has it’s own special day to remember those that have fallen in conflicts…but…I also know that during many wars involving my country…there have been MANY thousands of Canadian soldiers that fought side by side with their american counterparts. As well as English and Australian and many other countries.
America is not the only “free” country on earth. Canada, England,Australia…and many others have suffered the hardships of losing soldiers and loved ones during wartime.
We come to websites like these and express our opinions about CFL Football (as well as other things) and mostly the discussions are friendly (rarely they might get a little heated) but it’s all about fun…what we take for granted though is that today…now…2005…there are still countries on this planet where you will be prosecuted for speaking your mind, no matter how harmless it may seem.
On this Memorial Day weekend…I choose to remember the fallen Americans AND Canadians and all others who fought so valiantly, and who believed whole heartedly in the freedoms that we enjoy every day of the week…The job we complain about?..we had the freedom to choose. Going to college or not?..we had the freedom to choose. Voting to pick whom we want to lead our towns,cities and countries?..we HAVE the freedom to choose.
And of course living in a free society…we choose the sports we follow (GO CFL!).
This weekend…(in Canada as well as the states) eat a burger,hoist a brew (LeBatt for me)…and…utter two words,in public or to yourself…that says it all…THANK YOU.
Have a great weekend everyone…and God Bless!!