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Patriot Day is one of the newest national holidays, having been declared a holiday in 2001, following the September 11th hijackings that left a scar on our national consciousness (here in the United States). The holiday is also called the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Some treat this holiday as a minor variation on Memorial Day, while others treat it as a day of mourning.
If Patriot Day is a day when we remember those who fight for freedom and sacrifice their lives, then not only soldiers should be honored. Some of those who have given their all in the pursuit of freedom are still branded as criminals by our culture and society, because they fought for freedom with their lifestyle instead of in the army.
For some, fighting for freedom has meant keeping a medicinal plant alive for decades while the government sought to eradicate it. For others it has meant risking disdain and dismissal by peers and employers for being open about using a medicine most have long been brainwashed to consider a dangerous drug. Sometimes it has meant sleeping in parks or lying in streets. Freedom fighting means a lot of things to a lot of people, but in the end, at it’s core, it is the willingness to sacrifice oneself for the greater good.
Today, keep in mind those who have died in terror attacks, those who have died in the military, those who have died because of the military, those gravely wounded (in body or spirit) by war, the families of all those deceased and injured, and those who have died or been incarcerated as part of the drug war as well. Happy Patriot Day from everyone at Ladybud!
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