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Today is Memorial Day. And though some in the media and entertainment spot light seem to think so, it is NOT Veteran’s Day. Veteran’s... Freedom is Never Free – A Message from ModernJeeper

Today is Memorial Day.

And though some in the media and entertainment spot light seem to think so, it is NOT Veteran’s Day.

Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day are vastly different holidays that were created to help us remember two very distinct types of Military Service Men and Women.

Those who returned… and those who didn’t.

As a vet myself (Navy), I cannot begin to express how disappointed I am when those who are supposed to know better… don’t.

So, while as a ModernJeeper I know you understand the difference, let me break it down here for those who might not be sure.

Memorial Day is just that… a Memorial…. In Memorium… which is latin for “In Memory Of” — we are remembering those who died. Those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Veteran’s Day is a day of Thanks. A chance to say Thank You to ALL our Vets. To Anyone who has EVER served in America’s Armed Services. And yes, that does mean even those vets whose who we also remember on Memorial Day.

The Price of Freedome

The Price of Freedom

Memorial Day is one of the holidays that impacts me the most. As the day creeps closer, I can’t help but have an overwhelming feeling of insignificance when I think of the hundreds of thousands of men and women who paid the ultimate price to secure the Freedom’s we enjoy each and every day.

400,000 American Service Men & Women were lost in World War II alone.

That is why it tears me apart when I see those Freedoms slowly whittled away.

Ever play Jenga? That game with a bunch of bricks piled high… all you do is carefully find the most vulnerable piece to remove… carefully take it out… then find the next piece and do the same… piece by piece… at one point you have a tower full of holes, but still standing.

Then, finally, as you try to remove the tougher pieces, the whole thing topples.

Kind of like our Freedoms. One by one pieces are removed. First the easy ones we can all agree on… then the tougher ones that are deemed “necessary”… until finally we have a tower of Freedom with lots of holes in it.

Thankfully we are not yet at the point that the whole tower may topple… or are we?

What is the ultimate cost to ourselves and to future generations if we forget the blood that paid for our Freedoms and let those who seem to be either ignorant of history — or who have ulterior motives — just whittle them away.

So, today, Memorial Day 2020, take a moment to remember the price that was paid… and maybe, just maybe, there is something you can do to ensure that tower of Freedom never topples.

God Bless you and yours. 🙏


Matson "Matsonian" Breakey Publisher & Founding Editor

Matson is a serial entrepreneur, recovering graphic designer, father forever-in-training and a addicted adventurer who considers an episode of Survivorman to be part of his doctoral studies of living every day to the fullest. From hiking the Pacific Crest Trail to founding the world famous West Coast Brew Fest, Matson loves the outdoors and bringing together people for nothing less than the time of their lives! As Co-Founder and VP Marketing & Sales at Metalcloak, Matson has developed a reputation as MetalCloak's designated Jeep Abuser.

  • C. Dan Allison says:

    Well stated, thanks Matson!

  • Harry Palmer says:

    The challenge for most people today is not understanding the role history plays in our lives. Toynbee is said to have stated “those who don’t study history are bound to repeat it”. In his Studies he stated “Civilizations declined when their leaders stopped responding creatively, and the civilizations then sank owing to the sins of nationalism, militarism, and the tyranny of a despotic minority” . Have we entered this phase where we are in decline? I don’t know but looking at the way our society has treated the veteran and especially those who have died, does bear some serious thought about our actions. Many show respect for those who have passed but many seem to ignore them. For example, I heard a commentator on one of the morning “entertainment” shows tell the others “Happy Memorial Day”. I find nothing Happy about it. My father and two uncles who are now deceased served during WWII. One died in the fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. I’ve lost relatives in WWI, the Spanish-American war, the Civil War, and even the Revolutionary War.

    Does this make me a hero? Of course not. I served in the Army during the Vietnam Era as did many others. Some have died while serving. I’ve known a few and wonder about the others since we lost touch with each other.

    Remembering why we served and why those who died deserve to be remembered is critical, I believe, to the continuation of our society. We need to think about how our culture has developed and do our best to teach others about what has been done and why its necessary to understand the sacrifice the soldiers, sailors, and marines made for this country.

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