Memorial Day

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

I will be presenting the Memorial Day address at the following events:

Monday, May 30, 2011
10 a.m., Oakwood Cemetery, Mora
11 a.m., Brook Park Cemetery

Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation’s thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country.

This day holds extra meaning to me as a Navy veteran who served two tours of duty. I pray that many people will take the time to participate in area events and pay tribute to the true intention of the holiday: to honor those service men and service women who have given their lives for the cause of American freedom.

The gift of our freedom comes with a price and we can never repay the debt of gratitude we owe to our service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. These are patriotic Americans who put their families, their communities and their country first. These are folks who were willing to put their lives on the line to uphold the host of freedoms we all enjoy.

This also is a good time to make sure our children understand the immense sacrifices our service members have made. The legacy will be theirs to uphold one day and it is important for our youth to comprehend what these American heroes have given us in the name of liberty.

Please be safe this weekend,


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