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INDEPENDENCE DAY DOGS
“OUR HIGHEST AND BEST GOOD”
What do dogs have to do with Memorial Day, Independence Day, the freedom to be Americans and our duty to defend the U.S. Constitution and Bill Of Rights?
We honor Memorial Day because we send our youngest and bravest out to do battle, to defend our freedom to be individuals and to protect our personal and civil rights. Memorial Day, the first Monday in May, is for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle.
Memorial Day was once called Decoration Day and began after the Civil War to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers. Today devoted men and women, whether brave or not, give their limbs and lives for what they often are not sure is true or precepts they don’t understand.
We memorialize the fact that our warriors stood where you or I would not stand. They gave all they had to give even as some Americans dishonored what they stood for, Our Highest and Best Good.
Have we forgotten that the "4th of July" or "July the Fourth" is actually Independence Day? Let us think about, first of all, remembrance of our military past and present. Every day, somewhere, a soldier is wounded or killed which protecting our freedom.
Many of those soldiers have four legs! That is why I saved this photo, the dog tag says it all.
So let’s remember what Memorial Day stands for and how it is connected to Independence Day. We call it “4th of July” as though we are afraid to think of those who died insuring we can live in the land of the free and the brave. Think about and pay honor to the brave soldiers who, while they don’t dwell on it, choose between love of country and the possibility of death. They go forward into battle while we sit secure in front of our big screen TV and watch the fireworks.
As your hand drops down to stroke that soft ear or you feel his cold nose in the palm of your hand, remember that somewhere, in rocky terrain and blazing heat, there is a soldier willing to die to protect your right to live securely here at home. Look down at your dog and realize the depth and trust he has as he gazes into your eyes.
Like the soldier who faces death to defend your freedom, would you not fight to defend our right to own and to breed companion animals?
While the horses and mules carry our loads, and cows and sheep feed and clothe us, it is the dogs who lead us when we are blind, who comfort us when we are lonely, and who always, without fail, devote their short lives to the Highest and Best Good for mankind. That is why God made dogs.
Somewhere in this troubled world, our soldiers, including war dogs, fight for freedom. Watch the fireworks tonight and thank God for our freedom, cherish your independence, and the one true, steadfast friend at your side.
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