A Proud Memorial Day

Marc Lichtenfeld By Marc Lichtenfeld, Chief Income Strategist, The Oxford Club

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One of The Oxford Club’s core mantras is “Liberty Through Wealth.”

Our Editorial Director Andrew Snyder remarked, “Freedom is something we are born with. Liberty is something we must fight for.”

I agree with him. That’s why, here at Wealthy Retirement, our mission is to help you obtain liberty through wealth by fighting against conventional wisdom and Wall Street’s ploys to separate you from your money… not to mention their attempts at making financial information elusive and confusing.

But we are keenly aware that we would not have the liberty to publish our articles if it weren’t for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces, who have guaranteed that liberty for us over the past 240 years.

A Sincere “Thank You”

This Memorial Day, I won’t be attending any barbecues or typical festivities. My family is moving next week, so we’ll likely be stuck in the house packing things up.

But I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to move my family into a house and neighborhood that we’re excited about. And I’m thankful that my parents instilled in me important lessons about living below your means and not getting into debt.

I’m equally thankful that I randomly ran into Oxford Club CEO & Executive Director Julia Guth at a conference 13 years ago. I didn’t know it at the time, but this introduction would eventually lead to my position as The Oxford Club’s Chief Income Strategist.

Finally, I’m extremely appreciative of Wealthy Retirement‘s readers, old and new. Without you, there would be no reason for me to follow my passion – which is helping people achieve financial independence.

The fact that I can move into a new house and pursue a career that I love wouldn’t be possible without the sacrifices of so many people over the years. As the saying goes, “Freedom isn’t free.”

To simply say “thank you” to those who have fought on behalf of all Americans and especially those who have lost their lives doesn’t begin to relay the gratitude that I feel in my heart.

A Noble Legacy

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite family stories.

During World War II, my great-uncle was on the front lines in Europe. When he was sent overseas, he wrote to his mother that he was in London, having a wonderful time.

He would tell her he was writing from a cafĂ©, was attending a party later that evening and was generally living the good life. He didn’t want her to worry.

His siblings, including my grandfather, got the real news – how terrible war was, but how high the stakes were.

Fortunately, my grandfather saved some of those letters. One in particular struck me as especially meaningful.

My uncle described a hellacious battle where his unit had crossed into Germany. He was pinned down by enemy fire for hours. When the fighting ceased, his unit had captured a few injured prisoners of war.

A few days later, the Germans counterattacked, and the Americans had to retreat back across the border. They left the wounded German POWs behind, with a little bit of food and water. My uncle wrote, “I wonder if they would have done the same for our boys.”

Even during the chaos of war, my uncle and his fellow soldiers did the right thing, proving the cause they were fighting for was just. It made me proud to be an American.

I hope you have a proud Memorial Day. And if you’re remembering a loved one who fell fighting for liberty, I hope their honor and courage, as well as the appreciation of millions of Americans, provide some comfort.

Good investing,

Marc