Memorial Day 2017
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 @ 9:53AM
Memorial Day is more than time off from work, more than a barbecue at home, more than catching a ball game on TV. We have a Duty to remember all those brave men and woman who paid the ultimate sacrifice to make sure we have the time off, we have that barbecue, we have that ball game to watch. We have a duty to remember that freedom is not free. We have a duty to make sure we keep our heroes alive in our memories so we can always be the home of the brave and be the shining light of freedom for the world.
“Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” These words were spoken by General Douglas MacArthur to the cadets at West Point in 1962. These three words are what we should all strive for in our daily lives to make sure that our country stays strong. Duty, Honor, Country!
Each one of us has the responsibility to make sure that during this Memorial Day, we never forget that since 1775, over 660,000 men and women have fought and lost their lives protecting our Nation. (US military casualties of war, Wikipedia)
I encourage you to visit Riverside National Cemetery and place a flag, a flower, or just visit and pay tribute to our fallen heroes. For as long as Americans serve their Country, our heroes will live on. Thank you, God Bless you and your families, during this Memorial Day weekend.
Supervisor Marion Ashley