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Memorial Day Program held on Town Square

By Linda Anderson
web posted May 27, 2014

EDGEFIELD I knew when I got out of my car and walked across the street to the Town Square, I made a mistake.  Not because I was there but because I forgot my tissues. Patriotic events always stir within me the memories of what a great nation we live in and the freedoms we enjoy.  It reminds me that there were brave men and women who were willing to give of themselves to fight tyranny across the world.  The crowd was not as large as I had hoped but the emotions filled the air with pride, respect and honor for those we came to remember.

As the program began with the presentation of the colors, the pride and honor shown by those present was an awe inspiring moment.  As we progressed forward with the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the "National Anthem", through the devotion and invocation with the reading of Flanders Field and the singing of "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful", I noted with great pride that I did not stand alone in my tear filled thanks to those who cherished this great land.  For that moment, in this place, Americans came together to share a common bond.  We are Americans who stand united and in firm resolve to remember how precious our way of life is and the price that has been paid and is still being paid today to keep us free. 

During World War I and II as well as the Korean War this nation gave not only its brothers and sisters in the fight, the whole of America gave support to those on the front lines.  It has never been about conquering a people nor land, it has been about liberating those suffering at the hands of tyranny.

Let us tip our hats to those who organized and participated in this program for they so eloquently demonstrated the feelings we felt as we celebrated the lives of those lost.

Penny Hunt stirred within us the memories that too often seem to be fading from our society. Perhaps one day she will publish her speech that we may all read and remember.  I was struck not as much by those present but by those absent. As the years march by and those who were closest to the battles and those who have heard the stories, fade from our land, will this history live on or will it fade from our memories.  Will the children know, will the children remember?  Will they learn of our great heroes and the real meaning of being an American?. 

Closing with the singing of "America" and prayer left me with the feeling that we should be resolved that history will be passed from generation to generation forevermore. My prayer is that we do not lose our freedoms before we know their value.  May God always, bless America.

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