A Message On Memorial Day!

Heart US FlagThe Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and that means it is time to honor all of the men and women who have died in service to our country.

We obviously live in the greatest nation on earth, yet it is often easy to become complacent about the things we enjoy that others living elsewhere cannot.

Freedom, peace, and the ability to live as we please (within certain limits) are just some of the advantages of being Americans.

However, it is the men and women who go overseas in order to protect these liberties on a daily basis – past and present – who sometimes go overlooked, so this holiday enables us to recognize and reward each and every one of them with thanks and praise.

For me, personally, I have never served in the armed forces, so do not claim to know what it would be like to spend time abroad in an unfriendly, foreign country where, for the most part, I was not wanted.

But just from hearing firsthand accounts of war from those who have walked the walk, as well as from stories on televison and radio, I, for one, really do not need a holiday to show my gratitude to those soldiers who have made living in the United States a privilege and an honor.

So, the next time you see a member of the armed services walking down the street, whether he or she is dressed in uniform or not, make sure to tell them thanks for all that they do.

It may be just a small gesture, but to them, it means the world!

Happy Memorial Day everyone, and to America as well!

About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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