Letters: Tribute to freedom
Tribute to freedom All of us have attended many gatherings or celebrations over the years (i.e. graduations, birthdays, baptisms, fireworks, etc.). I can think of none that are more poignant or emotion stirring than the annual Memorial Day servic...
All of us have attended many gatherings or celebrations over the years (i.e. graduations, birthdays, baptisms, fireworks, etc.). I can think of none that are more poignant or emotion stirring than the annual Memorial Day service held at the Area High School.
This "Decoration Day" dates back to post-Civil War times to honor fallen heroes. In my opinion, Memorial Day serves as umbrella for all of the other holidays or celebrations. This is most significant as it gives assurances for all other freedoms: freedom to worship - or not worship, freedom to assemble - or not participate, freedom to become educated - or not be educated, freedom to be gainfully employed - or not employed, freedom to elect and criticize elected officials - and even become one, and even freedom for some to burn that most revered symbol of freedom - the American flag.
Granted, other regulations or laws may govern many freedoms, but for the most part, this is essential to protect them from radical or extremist exercise.
In his address at the most recent Memorial Day service, Brig. Gen. Trost presented the familiar "American Soldier" and cited those protecting our freedom and security as the "...the best kids in the world."
How right this statement is - my confidence is with their wisdom in the future. We are indeed eternally grateful for all veterans and veterans families of the past, present and future. "Thanks."
Circle Memorial Day for next year on your calendar along with the "moment of silence" at 3 p.m. - take in a local service wherever you are - and I am sure you will agree it is somber, yet uplifting.
Gary L. Gauldin