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Honor Vetrans on Memorial Day

This is the time of year when we as Americans remember the men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

What we now celebrate as Memorial Day was once known as Decoration Day. It was established just after the civil war to commemorate the lives lost in that bloody battle.

Memorial Day gives us all a chance to remember and thank our real heroes. The day also allows us to reflect on the freedoms these brave, selfless individuals sacrificed their lives over. One of these freedoms is the right to own Property.

The right to own Property is instrumental in our ability to pursue our unalienable rights as outlined in the Declaration of Independence;

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

This declaration was written long before there was a Decoration Day or a Memorial Day. The statement is as true today as when it was first written.

Owning Property allows us to build homes, raise our families, start businesses and build communities. These rights enable us to improve our lives, exercise our freedoms and pursue happiness as we choose.

Like all good things, there is sometimes a cost.

Many American families endure the sacrifices their loved ones make while defending our country. They leave their homes with no guarantee they will ever return. These family members are also heroes. They are the motivational force behind every soldier. We are all fortunate to be covered under the blanket of security that motivational force creates.

I am proud to be an American. I hold a special place in my heart for all who have served, serve now and will serve our great country. The sacrifices they have made allows me and my family to pursue happiness.

I am blessed to be able to use my talents as a Realtor to help others pursue their dream of Property ownership. It is a task I do not take lightly. It is my duty to understand my chosen trade and responsibly assist those who put their trust in me to help them and their families get to that place where they can continue to pursue happiness.

So it is today that I thank all the men, women and the families of those that serve in the armed forces for defending the rights we so cherish, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

From the bottom of my heart, Thank You!

Now go out and find a mother, father, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, friend, acquaintance or total stranger who has served or is serving our country and thank them. It is a two-way gift.

Knowledge and service to our country is Power!

Jeffrey C. Hogue