Today is Memorial Day and while it is a day where many of us have a day off from work, a day to spend with our families, and a day of fun, this is also a day when we should remember. We remember that millions of veterans and active-duty soldiers, who protect our country day in and day out.
And one person who seemed to have nailed the meaning of Memorial Day is actor Chris Pratt. The husband and father of two took to Instagram to share a slew of photos of our armed forces and words that have resonated with thousands.
Read what Pratt had to say about Memorial Day and our Armed Forces below:
Pratt began by writing he got the photos from Tim Kennedy’s Instagram page. And then encouraged his followers to look at every single one and give them their consideration:
“America’s exceptional armed forces have altered the course of the world for the better. From the Union Army defeating slave-owning confederates to the Greatest Generation and her Allies vanquishing the Nazis or our special operators hunting down the perpetrators of 9/11. We count the names of each fallen soldier lest they be countless. They are the good guys. They run to the sound of gunfire. They know pain and suffering we never will. They have given us the most free and decent society planet earth has ever seen.
We run the risk of losing that decency when we fail to instill gratitude in the minds of our youth or the perspective of what it actually means to be free- should they never learn of the selfless sacrifice of our armed service members in the face of oppressive evil. So join me in showing support for our fallen. Take a quiet moment to really consider the sacrifice. And if you use the comments section on posts like this to b*tch and moan about America please understand there are countries in the world where criticizing your government will get you killed or imprisoned.
Criticism is a right and necessity in amending the flawed systems of man. So by all means, let your voice be heard. But never forget your right to free expression is paid for in blood. May God give their souls rest, and may they live in our memories this weekend and always.”
“So well said Chris,” his mother-in-law Maria Shriver wrote in the comments. “Thank you for sharing these photos and this message we all owe deep gratitude to those who lost their lives for us and their families who are left behind we must hold them on this day.”
So to all of those who have fought for our freedoms, thank you! And to all of us who benefit from these freedoms, let us not take them for granted but rather thank those who make it possible this Memorial Day and every day and continue to make America the great place it can continue to be.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.
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