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Monday, May 27, 2013

Honoring The Fallen On Memorial Day!

While some see Memorial Day weekend as little much than an extra long weekend to get away for a quick vacation or a time to catch all those wonderful savings at retail stores, Memorial Day is a holiday to honor those men and women who have sacrificed their lives so we can carry on doing what we do best.

I talk a lot about comic heroes and superheroes here at Total Comic Mayhem, but the men and women of our armed forces who have died in service defending my rights and yours are just many of the real heroes who truly deserve our thanks in this country. 

soldier at memorial grave pic
So I'm going to give thanks to them on a personal level. Because of their sacrifice, I have the right to write whatever non-sense I choose to on Total Comic Mayhem. I can voice my opinions freely, no matter how right or misguided they may be. 

There are a lot who forget just how important freedom of thought and speech are. Without it, would all my favorite comic creators be able to create all my favorite comic characters? Probably not.

I can buy whatever comic book I wish, as many as I want, sell them when I want, burn them if I want (though that would just be plain crazy), and pursue a life as good as I want it to be or not be. They defended my right to vote and to be represented in government (though I still wonder who's really representing who nowadays in Senate and Congress). However, I wholeheartedly give thanks to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces who've died defending my rights and my freedom. Our rights and freedom!

300 movie scene
If you're a fellow American, I surely hope you're thankful too, and don't just think of them as an afterthought on your way out of the camp grounds hoping to beat traffic. Say a prayer for them if you're religious, say a toast to them, hang a flag in honor of them, put flowers next to their graves, but most of all, as the line in the movie 300 goes, "Remember us." That's the best way to honor them: Remember them!

Enjoy and be grateful for your freedoms. They died so we could have them.

Have a Happy Memorial Day everyone and be safe!

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