Most Americans respectfully pause on Memorial Day to silently remember why we are a free nation.
Quite simply, it is because other Americans before us died in our defense.
They gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Some, over the years, have questioned our involvement in world affairs of conflict.
The bottom line is we are still a free country because of those who did not hesitate to answer the call to duty to protect the nation, their loved ones and their way of life.
Tiny little American flags gently fluttered in the breeze in cemeteries across our beloved land and final resting places on foreign soil as we remember to give our silent, solemn prayers of thanks.
The thanks may have fallen on some deaf ears, but not on the conscience of most Americans.
Thousands upon thousands of body bags of young Americans have been returned home for proper burial, but many more thousands were buried on foreign soil or where they fell.
And, we paused the other day to remember and pay tribute.
We may have differences between us, but if it got down to a real threat to our beloved land and way of life, we would all pull together and quickly push those in-country enemies out of the way\.
As an avid supporter of the right to bear arms, anything else is little more than a slap in the face to those who paved the way before us and gave their life in its preservation.
Those of us who pause to remember Memorial Day far outnumber those who don’t.
We remain a proud people today because we come from a proud people who valued their freedom.
Our enemies around the world know that.
Those among us who would flee at the first threat of their life would quickly find out and deeply regret there is nowhere they could run.
I am proud to be an American veteran and live in what I see as still the greatest nation in the world.
We pull together when it matters most.
William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.