Freedom and independence demand a two-fold sacrifice—sacrifice on the part of those who secure and defend that freedom, as well as those who benefit by living free. Freedom is fragile, thereby requiring constant and courageous vigilance. All too frequently we disregard what is incumbent upon those who thrive in an independent state. Liberty is never a second-hand burden; it is a double-edged sword requiring individual responsibility. Rather than nonchalance and entitlement, choose gratitude and responsibility.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan