A Memorial Day Thank You.

  I wanted to take a moment today to thank all the veterans , both current and past ,for their dedication to our country and way of life.

  
 It is easy to focus on having an extra day off with your family. It’s easy to focus on planting the garden, enjoying that spring is here , and the many other things that come along with the extended Memorial Day weekend. For that reason, I always like to take some time to remember what Memorial Day stands for. Memorial Day is an opportunity to say thank you to all of the men and women who have dedicated their careers and ,in many instances , their lives for our freedom. We have the freedom to vote, freedom of speech, the freedom to make our own choices, as well as so many other freedoms due to their sacrifices.  So as you enjoy the parades ,the barbecues , and the other things that have become synonymous with Memorial Day, don’t forget to thank veterans for making all of this possible. 

  
I’d like to say a special thank you to all of the servicemen and women of the families of RSU 18. Thank you for serving, and I thank you and your families for the sacrifices you all make when you’re deployed. It is greatly appreciated.

I will leave you with the words of the Gettysburg Address. They are words to live by. 

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

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