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Today is the day we traditionally honor those who have passed on to another life before us. We especially honor those who have fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy. To the men and women our Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice, we salute you not only today, but every day.
I published the following last year and it bears reprinting on this most honored holiday. This was written by a friend of mine who is a Police Detective in New Jersey.
By Eric Potts:
Memorial Day is a great time to spend with the family. It is, after all, the unofficial start of summer. Trips down the Jersey shore, BBQs, Parties, a weekend of great fun celebrating the re-birth of all the trees, flowers, and, in essence, ourselves as we reawaken from our winter doldrums and get outside to enjoy the weather. I appreciate all of you that sent me personal notes thanking me for serving, however, that is what Veterans Day is for I am proud to have served but I survived…this is a day of honoring our fallen Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen.
Many of us, not everyone, forget what the day is all about and really what the weekend is all about. Memorial Day is our chance as Americans to remember all those that died in the service of our Country…we can’t thank them personally, they’ve already passed on, but we can and should remember those that bravely gave their lives so that you and I can live free.
I could very easily write about this in detail, but a speech was already written and delivered by a US President that sums up what Memorial Day is all about. It wasn’t written specifically about Memorial Day, it was a “few appropriate remarks” at the dedication of a Cemetery in Pennsylvania that has become one of the greatest speeches ever written. If you’ve never read the Gettysburg Address, or paid attention to what its says-please do and at some point this weekend remember those that bravely defended you and those who’s names will, unfortunately, be added to a as yet to be built War Memorial in Washington honoring those that died and will die in our current war! God Bless The USA!
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. 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.
We wish to thank all veterans who died defending our freedom. May God smile upon those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our land.
I also would like to thank Detective Potts for not only his service to our country as a member of the Armed Forces and the job he now does daily, but most importantly, I thank him for the use of his words.