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Memorial Day weekend is about the beach, family, bar-b-que's, and a time to relax. More importantly, Memorial Day is about celebrating the sacrifice that was given for one's country. For people in the United States it is about our tradition of upholding our freedom.
Freedom is a gift and every gift comes with a price. That price or sacrifice is what is celebrated and respected during Memorial Day weekend. Even though people didn't start recognizing it until following the Civil War and it wasn't an official holiday until 1971 (History.com), the origins came from the Mayflower. When the Puritans decided that they would risk death than have their freedom withheld from them, the sacrifice that a Sophisticate celebrates every year began.
To be free means to be happy, to be in love (All a Sophisticate Wants (In Love), and to feel alive. Every Sophisticate knows the ability to have the right to be free is where her happiness and humanity originate.
A Sophisticate serves her Country fights for her country to defend that feeling of being alive. Each time she serves her country she risks dying for others to have that freedom to feel alive.
"I regret that I have only one life to live for my country" Nathan Hale
On Memorial Day, her sacrifice and willingness to die is what everyone takes the time to respect on Memorial Day. Why? Because her sacrifice and willingness to die is for everyone including the people she loves. To serve in the military is her choice and privilege. Therefore, she chooses to die to defend her freedom and the freedom of others from the pride she has in her country and the love she has for the people who live in it.
Only those who have lost their freedom know its true worth. To be free is worth the sacrifice of death.
"My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." John F. Kennedy
A Sophisticate appreciates the precious gift of freedom. To a Sophisticate, freedom means she has the right and privilege do what she wants and be who she wants to be regardless of what others think or allow. That freedom includes the privilege to defend, fight, and sacrifice her life in the name of that freedom.
In the end, a Sophisticate celebrates Memorial Day because she chooses to serve her country, to defend and fight for the right to be free, and respect the sacrifice of those who have died in that fight for freedom.