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Memorial Day 2016

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

-LtCol John McCrae, In Flanders Fields

We have come to the final Monday in May, and with that comes the recognition of Memorial Day. Today is the day that we, as Americans, remember the sacrifices of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country of ours. . .that allow us to be who we are, to do what we do, and to be what we desire to be. As you go about your day today, be sure to take a moment to remember them.

Also, to the families that are remembering a loved one today, know that our hearts are with you. We know that mere words can't possibly fill the void or abate the sadness that you are feeling today. However, as long as there is an America for us to call home, the deeds and sacrifices of your loved ones will never be forgotten.

Thank you.