Labor Day is a time to reflect on those who came before, those who worked in conditions that were feeding the demand of a society at a time the country was embarking on a revolution… the Industrial Revolution.
Labor Day is a celebration for those who stood up and fought for the rights of all workers, and although we continue the battle for equal wages and protection for all workers, Labor Day is a reminder and a time to say, Thanks for your hard work.
Veterans Day – the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918… Let us remember all our heroes and heroines, our veterans … let us journey back to the hours of Valley Forge and then proceed forward; let us honor the brave men and women who serve to preserve our freedom….thank you…
Memorial Day draws us closer to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and democracy; their lives. Words often do not give justice to the thanks and gratitude we feel and wish to offer these great women and men of the armed forces. As we enter into reflection, a characteristic that comes into our minds is Heroism; a word that we can define with both commonalities and personal experiences; rediscovered when we unite together or rekindled within our own private solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about Heroism; here are some of his words that grants recognition as we pay tribute to our fallen heroes.
“…Self-trust is the essence of heroism. It is the state of the soul at war, and its ultimate objects are the last defiance of falsehood and wrong, and the power to bear all that can be inflicted by evil agents. It speaks the truth, and is just, generous, hospitable, temperate, scornful of petty calculations, and scornful of being scorned. It persists; it is of an undaunted boldness, and of a fortitude not to be wearied out…these men (and women) fan the flame of human love, and raise the standard of civil virtue among mankind. …”
With these words from Emerson and those from our hearts, let us pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and pay homage to their valor.