"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it."--Thomas Paine
Today is the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor, one of America's most infamous days in history. America survived and, ultimately, came back to conquer because of the spirit of her people, the quest for freedom that would not be denied. America survived because God proclaimed it a promised land. As Paine so wisely said, though, freedom does not come without a price.
Many have paid the price for our freedoms with their lives. Those who died on December 7, 1941, and those who lived to continue fighting deserve our respect and reverence, just as do those who have fought in every other battle to preserve our country.
So, for today, I am grateful for those who "undergo the fatigue of supporting" our freedoms.