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Happy Memorial Day

Sun, 2011-05-29 20:00 -- Mike

Today, the 145th observance of Memorial Day, please take a moment to honor our men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. For those of you who don't know, Memorial Day was originally celebrated as Decoration Day. The first observance of the holiday occured in Waterloo, New York, in May, 1866. It was not called Memorial Day until after World War II, and in 1967, Congress officially changed the name.

During the very beginning of World War II, Winston Churchill visited the British Royal Air Force group #11 operations room. He was so impacted by the professionalism, bravery, and dedication of Britain's fighter pilots, who were Britain's only line of defense against the German Luftwaffe, that when he came out of the bunker, he turned to the Major General who accompanied him and said, "Don't speak to me. I have never been so moved." 

After several minutes of silence, he uttered one sentence. "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few."

Today, as Americans, we must remember those same words, "Never has so much been owed by so many to so few."

Join Cindy, our fellow citizens, and me, this afternoon at 3:00 PM, to pause in a moment of national remembrance in honor of those who have died in service to our country. Freedom is the right worth fighting for.

God bless you, your family, and this great nation.


Jeff McWaters