"And at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died, that gave that right to me..."
On a weekend every American should take time to reflect and give thanks to the men and women who sacrifice everything for their homeland, Brian Stann proved that being American is the ultimate honor.
Memorial Day weekend 2011 is a little more special this year than many others, though. This year, Americans around the country can be especially proud of the work done in the last month that lifted a huge burden off the minds of those directly and indirectly affected by September 11, 2001, a day that is etched in the hearts of every American forever.
This year on Memorial Day, Patriots around the globe can be thankful for the covert mission accomplished earlier this May that killed Osama bin Laden. It is because of Marines, and ex-Marines, Air Force pilots, and ex-Air Force pilots, Army members, and ex-Army members, and the list goes on and on, that we can celebrate our freedom.
Stann's win over Jorge Santiago was bigger than himself. It was a symbol of this weekend. It is freedom.
"And I'll gladly stand up, next to you, and defend her still today, 'cause there ain't no doubt I love this land, GOD BLESS THE U.S.A."