Today we observe Memorial Day. A day set aside to remember our sons and daughters that sacrificed their dreams and lives for you and me. Many of those remembered today were young and in their prime of life they had dreams of tomorrows and memories of loved ones at home awaiting their return.
They exchanged those dreams and memories for your freedom; they paid the price for you to enjoy another day as a free American. They gave all they had and all their future so that you could be here today to enjoy all the beauty of springtime and wonders of life. In America today we set aside Memorial Day to remember those special men and women.
The older we get the more memories we have of days gone by, our first love, our first car, a graduation, a wedding day, our first home and of course the birth of our children. Life brings so many special moments, so many memories, but today we remember and honor those that sacrificed those memories for all of us. They will never reminisce and we shall never forget.
We ask that you remember the true meaning of the Memorial Day, look around and take in all that you see and hear today. Remember today those that paid the price for you to have this day as a free American. No where on earth do others have all the opportunities, and freedoms you have as an American. Our freedom did not come free it has been preserved and paid for with the blood of our sons and daughters.
We live in a country built from the diversity of our citizens, a melting pot of traditions and cultures. We as Americans can all have our own traditions, our own religious beliefs and we can all speak freely because, we are all Americans. Today we remember and honor those that gave every ounce of life to protect and defend the country we all call America. Today is their day, but they will not see the parades, they will not hear the speeches but we shall not let them be forgotten because, we are all Americans.
Join your fellow Americans today and remember those that gave their lives for us. They paid the ultimate price and today we can all pay our respects in our own way, perhaps a silent prayer, a visit to a cemetery, or participation in a parade. Those we remember today never asked for this day but we can never forget their sacrifice because, we are all Americans.
Written in honor and memory of Keith Allen Miller