Memorial Day: A tribute to America's fallen soldiers
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By Sen. Larry Bomke
[MAY 27, 2006]
For over two centuries, the men and women of
the United States military have laid their lives on the line to
preserve the freedoms we all too often take for granted. However, as
Memorial Day approaches, all Americans are given an opportunity to
reflect on the selfless heroism of the over 1 million soldiers who
have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.
On Memorial Day we come together to honor the courage of the men and
women who gave their lives to preserve freedom and democracy, and it
is our duty as to pay tribute to the country's soldiers, sailors,
airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who died to ensure future
generations of Americans would live their lives free from tyranny
and unfettered by fear.
These soldiers did not fight for glory or power -- these men and
women bravely put aside their fear and doubt and fought to liberate
the oppressed and persecuted in all corners of the world. Faced with
great and unfathomable adversity, they traveled across oceans,
mountains and deserts in order to protect freedom, preserve
independence and further democracy.
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Generations of American men and women have exhibited irrefutable
bravery and valor, and their selflessness and sacrifice should be
held in the highest esteem as examples of true patriotism and
devotion to this nation. Even now, United States soldiers are
engaged in a difficult conflict against a determined adversary. Many
of these Americans have left families, beloved homes and friends to
quell the scourge of terrorism and introduce democracy to a region
long ruled by fear and oppression.
On this Memorial Day, while I offer endless thanks to the men and
women who died serving this great nation, my thoughts and prayers
also extend to the American armed forces in the Middle East who are
bravely serving their country in the face of adversity and peril.
God bless you, and thank you.
Bomke, state senator, 50th District]
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