VIEWPOINT: Remembering Memorial Day

VIEWPOINT: Remembering Memorial Day
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SPECIAL REPORT TO BLOWING ROCK NEWS. By Deanna Ballard. May 27, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — I’m one of the lucky ones.  My little brother has served in the U.S. Navy for nearly 20 years, has been deployed more times than I can keep up with and has always returned home.  I’m certainly proud of him and all our military personnel who continue to serve and take action against the threats facing us.

But, I’m often reminded of military families that may not be so fortunate to have their Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen or Marines return home.  I’m grateful for this day to honor those military personnel who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure our freedom.  Their lives were cut short of the futures they had planned, but their lasting impacts can never be forgotten. For their friends and families, every day is Memorial Day.

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.

Sometimes, Memorial Day and Independence Day are difficult to distinguish because we celebrate them both in similar ways: parades, cookouts, spending time with family and friends.  But I think it’s very important that we recognize Independence Day continues to be celebrated every year because of the patriotic sacrifices of those we remember today, Memorial Day.

An unknown author once wrote, “Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you; Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.”

So, my prayers for our country, our state and our communities are that we’ll do our part to always honor our fallen service men and women every single day. Let’s remember their courage, their strength, their love of country; for the freedom I now live in is a privilege I should not take for granted.  It demands my full devotion and action in ensuring we live as one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Deanna Ballard represents the 45th Senate District comprised of Alleghany, Ashe, Surry, Watauga and Wilkes Counties in the NC General Assembly.

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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