May 31, 2004
Berry - of the Rose Family'
Front Page Photo by Nancy Jensen
This is Memorial Day. This
year's celebration takes on added meaning, with American troops
facing hostile fire in Iraq.
Memorial Day began in 1866
in Waterloo, New York, where flowers were placed on the graves
of Union soldiers who died in battle - a practice that gave the
holiday its first name, Decoration Day.
Since 1866, Memorial Day has
been a time to remember those who have faithfully served in America's
armed forces, so many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice for
the sake of freedom. We must never forget freedom's price. America
has paid - often in blood - for the comforts, blessings and prosperity
we have today.
From the Civil War through
Vietnam, some 566-thousand U.S. service personnel have died in
combat, more than half of them in World War II. Currently, there
are 1.4-million men and women on active duty in the U.S. Armed
Each generation has paid a
tremendous price for freedom. May we never forget.
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Flags and Friends - Memorial Day is a time when Americans
pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in defense
of our freedom. In my mind, that also includes the men in gray
and butternut who fought for the Confederacy.
It is politically incorrect
to attribute anything good to the Confederate States of America.
Liberal historians and the NAACP insist the South was fighting
to preserve slavery. Maybe it was, but I refuse to pass judgment
on the dead.
There is one thing I am certain
of, regardless of his political views or his position on slavery,
the Confederate soldier was fighting to end the war and go home.
It happens in every war; politicians and generals focus on grand
strategies, field commanders focus on tactical objectives, and
the grunts could care less; they only want to go home. If it
means killing the enemy and destroying his cities, then that
is what they will do. It is not patriotism or the moral high
ground that drives soldiers to fight; it is an overarching desire
to go home. And that brings me to the point of this article.
I want to tell you about a veteran who did not go home. - Read
Monday - May 31, 2004
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