Memorial Day, We Remember, Beyond Burgers, Brats, and Buns


It was after services this Memorial Day weekend, and our family was recognizing the contributions of various military members that we know.

For example, publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach was telling a retired special forces operator ‘I know it’s Memorial Day weekend, and not Veterans Day weekend, but I just wanted to thank you for your service to the country.’ That vet, still a reasonably young man, said ‘Your welcome, and thank you for knowing the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.’

Memorial Day is when Americans recognize the memory of those who have died in the service of our country – thus ‘Memorial’ day. Flags, for example, may be planted on the grave sites or tombstones of veterans.

That said, part of how one remembers the stories of the fallen is from those who survived to tell those tales.

In that context, the video below is a poignant reminder of veterans from wars, past or current.

Freedom isn’t free. It never has been. It never will be. Look at history and you often see in the details of an epoch the struggle of one group(s) or nation(s) trying to dominate or ‘conquer’ other groups or people.

There is liberty that is:

  • Economic,
  • Social,
  • Political,
  • Religious,
  • Intellectual,
  • Health and safety,
  • Speech,
  • and so on through the various types of freedom.
Cartoon caricature of L.A. ‘Tony’ Kovach at the bottom right, who earned these history awards in statewide scholastic competitions, plus other awards in history that didn’t come with a medal. Living with Tony at times is like living with a history instructor.

Freedom must not be confused with license, that’s a principle that dates back centuries,” said award-winning history buff and manufactured home industry veteran, Tony Kovach. “Part of what challenges our industry faces also has parallel challenges in other modern or prior professions here in the U.S. We [in manufactured housing] are not alone, even if our circumstances in manufactured housing may be more exacerbated than many other sectors of the economy. Memorial Day reminds us that freedom isn’t free. It always has, and always will require a keen eye to what the internal and external threats are, and how those threats must be met with a morally appropriate response.”

Therefore, we pause to give thanks to those who’ve fallen, without whom, America and much if not all of the world may not be free at all today. Numbers of those veterans live in a manufactured home, as the video interview below reminds us.




Lessons of the Past Can Guide our Present to a Better Future

It is also worth noting that while the U.S. essentially took pragmatic sides in World War II, and has in other conflicts before and since, a close look at the Second World War reveals that two great socialist-minded, dictatorial systems were contesting for European, and then potentially global domination. The National Socialists – a.k.a., the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany – were a different form of socialism then the former U.S.S.R. espoused. The old Soviet Union, the USSR, was short for “Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.”

In Venezuela, in Cuba, in North Korea, in former Nazi Germany, or the now-former Soviet Union, in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere, socialism proved deadly and dictatorial to tens of millions. A few elites lived or live well at the top. Meanwhile, the masses struggled, or even starved. In essentially every case, socialism was ‘sold’ to the masses through promises that sounded great, but were never kept.

“Death by Government,” Fascism, Communism, Socialism, ‘Big Brother,’ per Williams, Rummel and Owens

Those who fell in battle during WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or in other conflicts against socialistic or communistic powers kept other nations and our own freer. America isn’t perfect, it never has been, nor will it ever be because the U.S.A. is made up of imperfect people. But America has been greater than so many nations precisely because it has done so much for so many, so selflessly. Fallen warriors can be thanked for that truth.

As a closing historical note, to make that last point, Mexico is a free neighboring nation. But in the Mexican American War, which took place from April 25, 1846 – February 3, 1848 (1 year, 9 months, 1 week and 1 day), the U.S. after winning the war, gave Mexico back the bulk of its territory. Try to find other nations in world history that did something like that, and did it so often?


Americans today have been cut off from much of what is noble about our land’s history. Yes, there were dark episodes, but that is true for any nation in the march from slavery or serf-like status toward human freedom. Our history as a nation, should inspire our industry’s professionals to resist the drift toward socialism, or to the threat from monopoly. Both are to be opposed vigorously. Because each one are a threat to all of our freedoms as Americans.

This writer is happy to have come to the USA lawfully, and is happy about both my ancestral homeland while also taking pride in being an American.

We can thank U.S. service personnel over the centuries who made the ultimate sacrifice by dying for their country. That has made it possible that you and we are free to pursue our part of the American Dream today. Salute!

There is no market report this evening, as the stock exchanges are closed. Last Friday’s closing ticker can be found at this link here.

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