We were invited to the NRA’s Virginia headquarters this past weekend to receive the Jay M. Littlefield award for our work in launching Colorado’s 2013 recall movement, ultimately ridding our state of three anti-rights senators. While we were there, we took the time to visit sacred ground and pay our respects to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and way of life. We visited Arlington National Cemetery and found ourselves at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, standing in a gentle rain a few short moments before the changing of the guard.
When working in the current political landscape to protect our rights, it’s easy to lose sight of what it means to sacrifice. We have sacrificed time, energy and money to make difference, but others have given their lives. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier represents all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but whose identities were not known. These soldiers will never be able to be presented an award for their individual efforts for our country. It was absolutely humbling to think about and it put our fight for individual rights into perspective. It was an honor to be there.
We thought that this was an experience worth sharing with all of you and we recommend taking the time to experience it for yourself. Even more so, if you have children, take them and explain not only why it’s important to honor our nation’s fallen, but why those few were willing to give everything in the protection of our country.