by Gerald Boerner
Today we recognize not only those brave men and women who defended democracy during the second World War, but we also celebrate the dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. We need to remember the statement of Harry S. Truman:
“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never orget their sacrifices”.
It was on this day in 2004 that president George W. Bush dedicated the memorial to the memory of those who served in all services and all theaters of action.
Let us remember their sacrifices as we gather together on Memorial Day for our get-togethers with family and friends. As we bar-b-que in our back yards, as we swim in our swimming pools, as we lounge in peace and contentment, let us remember that our present lives are only possible because these men and women stood against Hitler and his allies.
It is with a solemn gratitude that we reflect upon those brave souls. GLB
“And there’s the Victoria Memorial, built as a memorial to Victoria.”
— David Dimbleby
“For famous men have the whole earth as their memorial.”
“Every memorial in its time has a different goal.”
— Maya Lin