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Memorial Day- Reflection of Honor, Sacrifice & Duty

May 25, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

For many Americans, Memorial Day means sales, cookouts, picnics, parades and family get-togethers. For others, perhaps it's an empty seat at the picnic table. Someone's dear loved one made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom's we all enjoy today. So, while you're enjoying the steaks, brats, burgers, hot dogs, beans and potato salad, please take time to remember-those from the Revolutionary War up through today who have died to allow us to live in all the freedoms we enjoy today. Our freedom has never been without tremendous cost.

And one way to honor those who served and those who have died serving is to stop everything you're doing at 3:00 p.m. Local time, remove your caps and spend one minute being completely silent. This is our National Moment of Reflection. Memorial Day is a day to honor those who fought and died. It's a day to ponder how the United States became the greatest nation in the world. It's a day to look at our flag and be reminded that we, despite all our trials and troubles, still live in the greatest country in the world.

It's a day to remind us that many men and women served and died to ensure the flag would continue to fly high, mighty and proud from sea to shining sea. The American Flag is a symbol of freedom that we celebrate and hold sacred. It should also remind each one of us the sacrifice made by men and women throughout our nation so that our flag could stand tall and proud. And, let us not forget that we will ever see it wave as a nation of free people because of the lives we honor on Memorial Day.

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John Sheda

So, this coming Memorial Day, let us pause with respect and honor to remember those who fought, for those who gave their life and for those who willingly stand ready today to do the same, without question, when the defense of freedom calls on them. We owe each of them the highest regard, respect and honor as well as the assurance that their commitment to this Nation's freedom will never be forgotten. Our land has been truly blest and honored with Veterans, both living and dead, who either gave their lives or were willing to do so, to make sure we have the freedoms to enjoy the blessings given to us by God and assured in Liberty by the vision of our Founding Fathers.

Lee Greenwood sings it most eloquently, "...I will gladly stand up and defend her (America), today. God bless the U.S.A." And this Memorial Day, we should say, "God bless those who served." In fact, we should say it every day, "God bless the U.S.A."

The final words of the Declaration of Independence declare that, "...for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." On this Memorial day-let us pause for one minute at 3:00 p.m. To reflect on these words and the assurance that every single person who is or has been in the Armed Forces continue to maintain this same standard of commitment and honor that was declared more than two centuries ago.

That's The Way I See It. Let me know what you think at jsheda@indytel.com or call me at 319-327-4640. Happy Memorial Day!!

 
 

 

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