Monday, May 26, 2014

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer

Today is just a day, except it isn’t. Today is the day we set aside to remember all those who gave their lives and served the nation to protect us and keep us free.

I never served in the military. A childhood illness kept me from that. So, I cannot fully understand all the sacrifices made by those who did. I will never know the comradeship they share with the ones who served, whether in their own generation or a different one.

Over the years, I have had many students serve in all the different branches of the military. Most have come out for the better, but I have had some who have paid a price for our freedom.

As a parent, I would want my boys to serve and carry on my father’s legacy as a commander in the Navy or my father-in-law’s service in the Air Force. Though I cannot imagine the loss that a Gold Star family bears, this country and our freedom is worth it.

Today, as the speeches are given, the gratitudes are expressed, and the social media shout-outs are posted, here are some promises I make to those who serve. I promise to treat you with the dignity and respect that you have earned. I promise to listen to the stories you wish to share, and not press for the ones you don’t. I will enjoy the freedom you paid for.

As I watch today’s Angel’s game, I will realize that it is a metaphor for what you want—everyone on our team to be safe at home.

Tonight, as I barbeque with friends and family, I will take a moment to think of all the time you spent away from yours.

Tomorrow, when I wake up, I won’t forget the message of today, and will realize that everyday should be a Memorial Day.

I will earn the freedom you gave me and live a good life, upholding my promises and commitments.

And I will thank you for your service.

On behalf of everyone at, to all those in our community who have served, and to servicemen everywhere, thank you for your service to our country.

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