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.