A Memorial Day thank-youMay 28, 2012
“Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”
– Colin Powell
As America gathers on Memorial Day, the original meaning of the day is often downplayed or even forgotten. It is a day to remember – and honor – those who have died in the service of their country. Almost 150 years ago, flowers were placed on the graves of soldiers who fought on both sides of the Civil War, a tradition now continued as the wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Today, amid the barbecueing, backyard ball games and time with family, please take the time to remember those who have served to keep this country free.
Felix Frankfurter said “We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.” My grandfather and two of my uncles served in Word War II to defend freedom and liberty in far off lands. I – like many of you – have been to Arlington national cemetery where over 300,000 of our nation’s heroes are buried.
At this moment, families all over this nation have loved ones in harm’s way. As we celebrate the beginning of summer, let’s be sure we remember those families who are NOT in danger of forgetting the cost of freedom…and from my family to theirs….”Thank you”.