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In years past for Thanksgiving, I have written lengthy pieces on the meaning of the holiday and a critique of our modern day tradition in celebrating it. Although I have more this year than any year past to be thankful for, I have but a very simple thought for you:
"Thanksgiving and gratitude necessarily require an Object."
Think about it.
Yes, I hate bugs. However, occasionally, they are fun to draw. Here are two, both in coloured pencil.
Today is Memorial Day. On this day, we remember the men and women who have given the last full measure of devotion to the cause of Liberty. On this day, we remember their sacrifice and pay homage that which they have died to defend. On this day, we might travel to a military cemetery and place flags or wreaths on the grave markers. On this day, we dust off our American flags that fly twice a year at best, and hoist them in remembrance. On this day, we cook hamburgers and spend time with family. On this day, we might dedicate a facebook status. On this day, we might spare a thought for those in service to our country.
Why on this day?
Why only this day?
Every day of the year our troops defend us. Every day of the year, we exercise sacred Liberty, consecrated by the blood of the fallen. Every day we live in America, we live in debt to those who have died to defend her. Every day, by the choices we make, we honour or desecrate the memory of those who have been slain in the cause of Liberty.
The cause of Liberty is not something to be championed on one day of the year. Liberty is not to be put in a box labeled 'For use on Memorial Day and the 4th of July'. On Memorial Day, we honour those who have made an outward profession to defend Liberty, but are not we, the citizens of this country, just as much bound by sacred honour and duty to defend the precepts of Liberty?" Eternal vigilence is the price of Liberty". The proper exercise of Liberty requires a complete and total commitment to its principles. No half-hearted commitment, no one time a year rememberence will do. Liberty requires a 100%, complete commitment.
On this Memorial Day, remember the fallen, and honour the living. Have a cookout, get together with friends. There is nothing wrong with such celebration. But don't stop there, don't stop after one day. Live, learn, and love Liberty. Not just this day, but every day, for the rest of your life.
Here are two sketches I did whilst in Florida. We stayed at Cape Canaveral and spent many happy days on the beach. While not particularly good (palms are hard to draw!), they are decent enough that someone may get a bit of enjoyment out of them.
This palm tree was outside our condo. The entire area was virtually infested with Peacocks and whilst I was drawing, one ambled into view. I decided I needed to include him.
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