Hat Tip: BB
This is a solemn day. A day of remembrance where we honor those who have fallen in service to our country. Those who have gone before us and given their all that we might be free.
From one of the greatest patriots I know of — Allen West:
There are those who would say “Happy Memorial Day” but this is a solemn day. Today we remember the service, sacrifice, and commitment of those who were willing to give the last full measure of devotion in order for us to enjoy the blessings of liberty, freedom, and democracy.
Before you head to the beach, or fire up the grill, take your children and grandchildren to a national cemetery. Let them know there were men and women who made it possible for them to have their summer fun.
And if you are anywhere near Marietta National Cemetery in Georgia, please, for me, go by the grave site of Army Corporal Herman West Sr. and render a salute to my dad and tell him thanks.
We must remember.
We must remember the brave men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Military to defend the liberties each of us enjoys. Not just today, on Memorial Day, but every day.
As a veteran who saw too many of my comrades make the ultimate sacrifice, I could go on and on talking about the significance of today, what it means to serve this great nation, and why I’m so proud to be an American. But I know you probably have plans, so I’d like to leave you with a verse from the Bible that I believe sums up today perfectly.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
We are the land of the free, because we have always been the home of the brave. Let us never forget.
God bless America,
Lt. Col. Allen B. West, USA (ret)
U.S. Congressman (2011-2013)
And today, I remember my Dad, for his service in the Navy and the Merchant Marines. I salute him and honor him as the greatest man I have ever known. I miss him.