Monday, May 27, 2013

Freedom

Today feels like freedom
But I see 'em
We stand on the shoulders
Of soldiers
Who shed blood
Who crawled through mud
Saw terror
Murder
And fear
They felt afraid
Our debt was paid
A thousand fold
Who could be so brave
So bold?
I try to imagine
Digging in the desert
Hiding in the heat
Hoping for the end
But never feeling beat
Struggling
Holding on
For so long
Too long
But today
We remember
Forever
And for those who fought
We have freedom
And where would we be
Without them?

As I was displaying my true patriotism yesterday, as most Americans did, by shopping, I thought about my status in this "Golden Medina". As Jews, we have many struggles not having our own homeland: keeping jobs, necessity for internet, secular influences... etc. but at the same time, we are so fortunate. While I identify myself firstly as a Jew, and a proud one at that, I am also an American. I don't know where I would be today if America didn't exist. My great grandparents came from Poland and Lithuania, Pre-War, and without this country, they may not have left Europe before the war. Where would I be without this country? So while we have a lot of "taaynos" against America, we also have a lot to be thankful, especially towards those who fought for us to have what to be thankful for. So whether you identify yourself as a Jewish American or an American Jew, Happy Memorial Day. Hope you get some great sales :)

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