Sunday, May 24, 2009

In remembrance...

This weekend we pause from our usual lives' rhythms to remember those who've fallen in defense of our ideals, our Constitution and the freedoms it guarantees. For the defense and protection of those beliefs, millions have served, millions have fallen.

They fell not for the flag but for the ideals it represents.

They sacrificed not for the President but to preserve and protect the Constitution that created the office.

They died not for themselves but for their fellow Americans.

They lived, as well, and not always with ease or expectation of reward. So we also honor those who've served and returned, those still serving -- and the idealism and courage of those who will.

Please keep in your thoughts those friends, neighbors, relatives, and those we don't know.

Without the bravery of those willing to support our ideals, our freedoms would not exist -- and without those ideals, no amount of bravery or military might could ever grant us that which exists in nature.

They are our fathers, uncles, brothers and sons, mothers, sisters, aunts, and daughter, prom dates and classmates, coworkers and competitors, homeless on the streets and residents of our homes for those no longer able to care for themselves.

They are our fellow Americans. They are our fellow citizens. They are us.

In your honor, in our honor, we pause to reflect, to remember -- and to salute with the simplest form of recognition we have: our "Thank you."

-- Dave


Anonymous TONY P. said...

Dave your words remind me of many and inspire me as usual. GOD BLESS AMERICA and all that fight for her.--TONY

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thanks to all who have served for our freedoms. To those still on foreign soil, or waiting to go, please come home safely. God bless you all!

9:41 PM  
Blogger Bill Mellett said...

Well said, Dave. Amen, bro!

10:20 PM  
Blogger lucaberta said...

Adding to what Dave said, Americans not only have fought to protect the Country of the United States of America, but also the many allies that have trusted the USA through the years.

Lots of American soldiers are buried in many cemetries abroad, like the one in Nettuno, south of Rome, Italy.

They fought and died far away from their Country and their loved ones. And I, for one, am very grateful of their sacrifice, because it meant freedom for my country and the whole world.

God bless America.

Luca, in Milan, Italy

8:15 AM  

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