Saturday, May 23, 2009

Never to be forgotten

By Dan Brown
District 149 State Rep.

Memorial Day is a good time to reflect on the sacrifices and services of the American soldiers and veterans and the U.S. military men and women. The American military is, has always been and will always recruit the best and finest young men and women and we will continue to shower them with appreciation, support and prayers, as we have always done. Memorial Day is a great opportunity for us to express the special places they have in the hearts of American citizens and more by honoring the people who work in the various branches of the military.

We often hear that freedom has a price and that each generation pays its due. Today is our day to say thank you to those who for generations have foot the bill; to those who have paid so dearly—with their lives. And to their families and friends whose lives are forever changed and to whom we owe heartfelt gratitude.

Gathering together on this day is one way to show our appreciation and thanks. We need to teach others about the sacrifices that have been made on our behalf so that we might continue to enjoy the liberties and freedoms granted in our Constitution. We must help future generations understand that, politics aside, the act of committing yourself to your country and being willing to fight for the freedom of others, is among the most noble of endeavors. We can do this by volunteering to help those veterans who are still with us, by assisting a family who is grieving the loss of a service member, by visiting those injured in service to the nation to help them build a new life.

Let the feelings of true patriotism and love for all those who have risked their lives for the sake of America show by putting up American flags in front of your houses. Find a way in your life – at work or home, at church or a youth group meeting, wherever – to keep their memories alive. Honor their sacrifices, tell their stories, and cherish their memories.

And finally, continue to gather together on this special day each year to pay homage to every one of them. Make this day an annual reminder of the need to give of yourself in honor of those who have given everything. Treat Memorial Day with reverence and respect and others will follow your lead. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Weekend!

As always, please feel free to contact me either by calling my office at 573-751-5713 or by email at dan.brown@house.mo.gov

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