Today is Memorial Day in the United States(US), a public holiday; a day on which we honor and we pay respect to the dead members of the armed forces, who gave of their lives that we may be free. Freedom is never free, and from the American Civil War to World Wars I and II and subsequent wars, we honor those who died paying that expensive price for freedom.
Those not celebrating with us in the US today, I ask that you cast your eyes upon your own history, upon your own lands, upon your own freedoms, and upon your own evolving freedoms, and identify an individual or individuals whom you know have died benefiting you and your society; and for one moment today or tonight, kindly observe a minute of silence in respect of your heroes.
From Turkey to Ireland; from Barbados to Jamaica; from Brazil to South Africa; from Ukraine to Moldova; from Estonia to Poland; from France to Belgium; from the Czech Republic to Slovakia; from Panama to the Philippines; from Canada to Vietnam; from Venezuela to Thailand; from Great Britain to China; from Japan to Taiwan; from Iceland to Singapore; from Syria to Russia, give of at least one minute in honor of your existence. Amen.