My grandson Chase is seven years old and a baseball player. I, of course, make every game possible and live and die on every pitch and every out. No major league game could be any more important–to me.
Last Saturday, I attended the game and experienced something that had never happened to me when I played baseball from Little League through high school.
The umpire lined these seven year olds along the base paths just the way they do in the Major Leagues. Then he told them he was going to do something different because Memorial Day is coming and he wanted these seven year olds to know they could play baseball and grow up in freedom because of those people who died for their freedom.
At that point the umpire sang the National Anthem a cappella. He did a pretty good job of singing. He did a better job of reminding kids and adults that freedom is not free.
I don’t know how much the boys understood about all this–they are only seven and have very little life experience, but the umpire made it clear he understands. All of us should understand as well.
On this Memorial weekend, we need to remember that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. The scandals wracking our country show that liberty is tenuous. The founders knew the power to tax is the power to destroy. An unencumbered Internal Revenue Service has the power to destroy liberty itself.
The scandals of this year are attacking our liberties. Religious liberty, freedom of speech, and the freedom of the press are all found in the first amendment. All are under attack. How tragic that member of our military, who have protected our freedom of religion, are now under attack for practicing their religion.
Let us follow the advice of the umpire and remember those who have died for our freedoms, and let us not give up the fight for a free and unhindered nation.
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