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Get Out and Vote

This year’s political scene is unprecedented.  No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, it’s been an ugly, heated and tumultuous battle of wits and words.  People are passionate about their candidate and are just as passionate about their disdain for the opponent.  I’ll refrain from expounding on my political views, but what I will do is implore you to get out and vote in November.

The United States of America may just be the world’s oldest continuous democracy; something we should never take for granted.  Voting is a privilege and a right that many Americans fought hard for and struggled to win.  There are people around the world whose voices are never heard; their opinions never known.  Thanks to our soldiers, our freedoms and the democracy we embrace are protected.

Stop and think about this; which would you rather contend with?  You arrive at your polling location, you’re running late for work, only to be met with a very long line and just two poll workers to handle the rush. Or, you live in Afghanistan (you’re already concerned about backlash for simply voting), the line at the polling booth is long, leaving more time for exposure to potential threats, outright danger, or terrorist violence just because you’re trying to cast a vote.  I think I’d rather be late to work.

You get the gist – voting is a privilege.  Honor that privilege.

We live in a free country, so our voices can be heard through the votes we cast.  This is an important way to show support for the issues that matter most to us by helping to elect the representatives who can best implement policies and effect the changes we want to see.

Consider voting a civic duty.  It is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that U.S. citizens have.  Not only it is everyone’s right to vote, it is also everyone’s duty to vote in order to ensure freedom of expression, equality, and well-being of this country we live in.

Be American. Vote.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Sadly, many Americans have no idea where the above text comes from.  They are, perhaps, some of the most profound words ever written, from one of the most revolutionary documents ever drafted, which changed the course of American history forever.

Thomas Jefferson had earned a reputation as an eloquent and persuasive voice for the patriotic cause, and he was given the important task of producing a draft of what would become one of the three essential founding documents of our United States government.  Late in the day, on the fourth of July, Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence.

You know at Backyard Buddy, we are extremely proud of our stars and stripes. So light up the night sky! Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ, watching a fireworks display, attending a parade, visiting family or throwing back some cold ones, enjoy the long weekend — this is a holiday worth celebrating!

Wave the red, white and blue and tell your kids why we celebrate this momentous day.
Experience the true spirit of the birth of the United States of America. And remember to thank a veteran for the freedoms you enjoy.

Happy 4th of July from Backyard Buddy!

Memorial Day: Honoring & Remembering

If you know Backyard Buddy, you know this company was started by a Marine and a Vietnam veteran who served his country with distinction.  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, we’re loudly and proudly American, and never miss an opportunity to point out that we make American-made products with American workers.  But none of that would be possible had it not been for the sacrifices made by our military.

As Memorial Day approaches, you’re probably gearing up for a three-day weekend, planning to host cook-outs with family and friends, tinker with home improvement projects, work in the yard, and dream of sleeping in. That all sounds wonderful!  But do you ever give pause for thought as to why we celebrate this day?

Memorial Day was established as a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the United States of America armed forces.  This holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who perished.  It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a stronger following, and it became more commonly referred to as Memorial Day.

After Congress passed a bill called the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” in 1968, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May rather than May 30, as it had previously been observed, there was a cultural shift in attitude surrounding the day.  That act, which officially went into effect in 1971, not only declared Memorial Day an official federal holiday, it also guaranteed employees a three-day weekend, marking it as the “unofficial beginning of summer” – mixing solemn reflection with backyard BBQ fun.

All of this isn’t to say you can’t enjoy your Memorial Day weekend; but those military men and women who died fighting for our freedoms deserve to be remembered, as well.

There are a number of ways you and your family can pay tribute and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms you enjoy today:  take advantage of local parades and attend a memorial day service; decorate your yard with flags, and if you have a flag pole, fly the flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time; buy a poppy from a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; participate in the National Moment of Remembrance (established by Congress) by pausing for one minute, wherever you are at 3:00 pm local time, in an act of national unity; and finally, and perhaps most important, thank a veteran.

While Memorial Day is a time for remembering fallen soldiers, it’s a perfect time to thank the men and women who have served and currently serve our great nation in the armed forces!
All of us at Backyard Buddy deeply appreciate our military service men and women.  Thank you for all you’ve done and all you do to protect our country and our freedoms.  God bless you, and God bless America.

Our Veterans Deserve the Best Quality Care

If you’ve followed our story, you know that Larry Gross, Owner & President of Backyard Buddy Corporation, is a Vietnam veteran and proudly served his country as a Marine.  Like so many others, he believes that all veterans deserve to have access to the best healthcare possible.

Sadly, that’s not the case.  The Veterans Administration is a terribly, fraudulent agency, riddled with reports of mismanagement, waste, and rampant cost overruns.  Our veterans are subjected to poor and extremely delayed care and are affected by a backlog of benefit claims.  Obama made lots of generous overtures to the veterans when he ran in 2007; but we’ve all seen that his idea of reform consisted of throwing more money at an already broken and corrupt system, with nothing to show for it.

The VA is in desperate of need of an overhaul. There’s only one candidate running for President with a plan to “ensure veterans have convenient access to the best quality care.”  The Trump plan “will decrease wait times, improve healthcare outcomes, and facilitate a seamless transition from service into civilian life.”  To better understand his position on Veterans Administration Reform, visit his site, https://www.donaldjtrump.com/positions/veterans-administration-reforms.

We need a strong and effective Veterans Administration to be there for our veterans and their families.  The men and women who willingly serve and defend our great nation deserve to receive superior healthcare.

Support our Veterans.  Support Trump. “Make America Great Again!”