It being Memorial Day, I would first like to express my personal thanks to all those who have served, all those who are serving and all those who not only gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedoms and liberties we all enjoy (be they slightly abridged at present) but their families who also gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Without the men and women who gladly volunteer and serve to protect America and the American way of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we would find ourselves in a country where if you publicly disagree with your government, you find yourself in prison, mysteriously disappeared or just flat out dead. Don't believe it, look what happens in Jordan or Iran or China or Thailand.
If it were not for the brave young people in our country who selflessly place themselves in harms way to protect our right to vote for whomever we want. Don't think this is important, just ask those who demand the right to vote for their leaders and get imprisoned or killed for protesting, like they do in Iran. Or ask those who go out in public despite the imminent threat from terrorists on their very lives to practice the democracy we often take for granted.
Thank a veteran, a service member or the family of a American military killed during war ot peacetime. Pray for those who have lost a loved one in the protection of our American freedoms and those currently in harm's way. Remember that the life you live in America, as much as you might complain about the problems we face and no matter what "side of the aisle" you fall on, these precious gifts we have through our Constitution are envied by everyone, even those who hate us, should never be taken lightly nor for granted.
Shifting gears for a moment, I have some videos of a strange critter in my back yard in South Carolina. I have no idea what this thing is but it kind of looks like a fat little mouse with a small tail. Or some kind of gerbil. And it is not alone. We have seen several of them, a couple I suppose, running around. If anyone knows what the heck these little buggers are, please let me know.
Thanks and have a great day. And remember those who have and do serve. Happy Memorial Day!