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Blog: The Meaning of Memorial Day 2012

Never Forget.

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

These words taken from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address ring as true today as they did in 1863 when they were first spoken to honor the fallen. Throughout our history, men and women have answered the call to serve our nation and defend our freedom and way of life.

Far too many of these brave souls made the ultimate sacrifice. The cost of our freedom is indeed high. To these honored dead we pause on Memorial Day to reflect on the sacrifice made by them; many not older than their early twenties, who performed extraordinary service with bravery and resolve under circumstances most of us can’t even imagine. Hopefully, we will always keep their sacrifice in our minds eye by not taking our freedom for granted and never abusing the freedom which has been entrusted to us.

Our freedom and way of life has come and continues to come at a very high price. It must always be respected and in today’s times, it must always be defended.

So, as the unofficial start of the summer begins, let us take a break from our work routine and enjoy the company of family and friends at picnics and barbeques and of course the wonderful parade down Main Street. We have a great deal to be proud of in our Town and in our Nation. We owe it to the fallen not only to never forget them for their sacrifice, but also to celebrate the freedom that they so selfishly and so ultimately defended for our sake.  Thank you.

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An tUasal Airgead May 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." President George Washington
Robert J. Pape, Jr. May 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Folks: Our discussion was picked up by a news agency in Oregon. http://t.co/Dk8QAU5d I think this article brings our discussion to its proper end. God Bless the fallen,God Bless those who have served, God Bless those in service and God Bless America. Thank you.
Vincent May 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM
An tUasal Airgead: Great post. Both of them.
Nassau Taxpayer May 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Indeed. Thank you for your service and frequent contributions to discussions.
John Chalker June 06, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Living veterans honor their fallen comrades on Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day). Keeping in mind that many WWII and Korean vets are "long in the tooth" now, it also is righteous to honor living vets whenever the chance arises. Some living vets may not survive to see the next patriotic holiday and their fallen comrades surely wouldn't mind. Keep all vets in mind on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran's Day (Armistice Day).

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