Here are a few of the highlights from the "spoken word" part of the program, from Lloyd Newell. (These are his words, not mine. And he says them in such a beautiful, soothing way!)
"How can we say thank you to such heroes? How can we express heartfelt gratitude for the men and women who have given so much in our behalf?
We can remember.
To remember is to build on the foundation of freedom they laid, so their loss is not a bitter end, but a beginning of better times. To remember is to read and share their stories, so their memory remains alive and fresh. Remembering means we strive to avoid making the same mistakes that made their sacrifice necessary. To remember is to think of them as they thought of themselves – not as heroes of extraordinary bravery, but simply as regular people who recognized their duty, and tried hard to do it.
We can reflect often on the price of freedom, the courage it takes to maintain it, and the men and women who had that courage and paid that price.... To be held in sacred remembrance is the finest tribute of all."
I created this video last summer and posted it last fall, but want to share it again as my way of honoring and remembering those who have paid the price of freedom, that we may have the opportunity to courageously maintain it. Please feel free to share it if you like.
Happy Memorial Day!