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For every man, woman and child who wakes up on Memorial Day the responsibility of remembering those who gave their last full measure of devotion falls to us.
It is a day to remember not only our fallen warriors but those they left behind.
On a day not too far off, the last connections we have to wars past will be severed. The memories of those who died in World Wars I and II and Korea will belong to history.
On a cold winter day in November of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address:
“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”
As a free people we should remember that Memorial Day is not about the end of school, the beginning of summer, barbecues or auto racing; it’s about our fallen heroes, their widows, widowers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children.