Thursday, January 28, 2016

Celebrating Those Who Sacrifice!

Earlier in the month, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We celebrated the vision one man had to change the way people saw our nation. He had a dream. He died for that dream.

Today we recognize the crew of the Challenger for the vision and dream they had for themselves and for the nation. Here in New Hampshire, we have a personal connection to Christa McAuliffe a Concord teacher whose passion for teaching sent her on a mission that took her life. While we in New Hampshire focus on her life and her contribution to the local community, we don’t forget the sacrifice each member of that team made to bring space closer to communities nationwide.

We acknowledge the sacrifice James Foley made to maintain freedom of speech this week. James Foley represented this freedom to us as he traveled to unstable areas of the world. We celebrated his life recently as Sting paid tribute to the freedom many takes for granted. James Foley represented that freedom and is one of many who believes in that freedom; even to the death.

In years past our men and women have sacrificed and died fighting for freedom and justice not only here at home but protecting the same for our allies. Our Military has gone well above and beyond protecting and defending so many freedoms of the world even as so many, laugh at us as a nation. Even as our own people ridicule them for their service, even as our own government fails to protect them!

I could go on and on an effort to remind you of the sacrifices people make so we can be a free nation. From the beginning, our Forefathers sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears to create an ideal that would survive centuries. So many lost their lives expressing their desire for change as we struggled through our own Civil War. Continuing on there have been so many people that have fought for equality and freedom right through the present day. We must never forget them; not even one of them! We must not forget their sacrifice and the sacrifice their families have made.

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Christa McAuliffe had a dream. Our Forefathers had a dream. We are a nation of dreamers. We are also a nation comprising determined, dedicated people who not only have a vision but have the desire to make that vision a reality. We need to return to our dream state remember that dream, fight for that dream and be proud to represent that dream!

We all dream of a better life but not everyone will act on that dream. Remember those that have come before; those that have allowed us the comfort and safety we enjoy today. Remember that they will act on your behalf, our countries and sometimes the worlds.

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