A Day to Remember all those who Serve.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 31, 2010
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Happy Memorial Day!

And what else is government, but our continuing attempt to realize an enlightened society?

It’s a sad day, a proud day, and after 50 years of wars we’re less than enthusiastic about, a troubled day.

But our soldiers have, in any and nearly every case, sacrificed more than any of us. Especially, perhaps, when we send them into harms’ way without clear purpose, their duty is the heaviest of weights.

May all we American citizens remember that what we guard and fight for and work in our own way to protect is freedom: not the cliché-fueled, hollow freedom that politicians shout about but rather: the freedoms outlined in our Bill of Rights: to assemble, to speak truth to power, to criticize without fear of retribution, to rule our government and not the other way around…

…to live lives of love and dignity.

Taken in Columbia Cemetery, 200 feet from my home:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


One Response to “A Day to Remember all those who Serve.”

  1. All in all, I like her. Yes, I think she is dramatic at times, but it seems like everyday communication includes a little showmanship to convery your message. I’ll tell you, she seems to have a great style! I like her!