Happy Memorial Day -- 2011

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Osama Bin Laden is dead.

But the fight -- and the hefty price -- to fend off terrorists around the globe lives on.

Just yesterday, for example, eight more American soldiers were confirmed dead in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Sad, but let's face it, we've become numb to the numbers. As civilians we don't have a grasp on the motivation or goal of the so-called wars and have become oblivious to military deaths in America's effort to "win."

Since the start of the Revolutionary War in 1775, more than 2.5 million Americans have been killed in combat.

From defeating England to slavery to Hitler to Communism to Saddam to Osama, never has a U.S. soldier died in vain.

Today, between the beer and the burgers and the babes in bikinis, I'm going to make time to thank a past or present soldier.

I invite you to do the same.

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