Chris Pratt is not sharing about his BBQ plans this Memorial Day, but is instead honoring the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives for American freedom. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” star took to Instagram on Monday with a long message paying tribute to those who have served in the military, and those who have paid the ultimate price for their service.
The words by Pratt did not fall on deaf ears as his comments went viral and were praised by fans and fellow celebrities.
While sharing multiple photos on Instagram of families grieving over loved ones who had died in the military, Chris Pratt urged his followers to, “Please, look at each one. Pause, give them your consideration.”
He continued, “America’s exceptional armed forces have altered the course of the world for the better. From the Union Army defeating slave owning confederates, to the Greatest Generation and her Allies vanquishing the Nazis or our special operators hunting down the perpetrators of 9/11.”
Chris Pratt further explained that, “We count the names of each fallen solider lest they be countless. They are the good guys. They run to the sound of gunfire. They know pain and suffering we never will. They have given us the most free and decent society planet earth has ever seen. We run the risk of losing that decency when we fail to instill gratitude in the minds of our youth or the perspective of what it actually means to be free- should they never learn of the selfless sacrifice of our armed service members in the face of oppressive evil. So join me in showing support for our fallen. Take a quiet moment to really consider the sacrifice.
Finally, the Marvel star had a message for those that want to get political or outspoken to those who have served:
“And if you use the comments section on posts like this to bitch and moan about America please understand there are countries in the world where criticizing your government will get you killed or imprisoned. Criticism is a right and necessity in amending the flawed systems of man. So by all means, let your voice be heard. But never forget your right to free expression is paid for in blood. May God give their souls rest, and may they live in our memories this weekend and always.”