Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

For the past six years, four battle-hardened warriors have stood watch vigilantly outside the 25th Infantry Division’s Headquarters, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  They remain on duty year after year.  Cast in bronze, four Soldiers, each representing the different wars the Division was called to fight, they are the 25th Infantry Division Memorial. 
As we celebrate Memorial Day, we reflect on the strength, courage and selfless service that inspires our Soldiers to dedicate the last full measure of devotion to our great Country.  These heroes unfailingly place the needs of others above their own in a way that is truly humbling.  Rare are those who not only hear their country’s call, but also willingly give their lives in answer.  These brave Americans left their families, livelihoods, and friends, all in simple obedience to duty.
We are proud, so very proud of those that came before us.  It falls to us, the living, to honor those who gave everything to protect our way of life and who represent the true strength of our Nation.  Through our service we honor their legacy and personal commitment, and with great humility, accept ownership of their sacrifices.
On this day we reflect with pride and will never forget all those who have gone before us.  May their spirit stand with us, inspiring and guiding us toward and through our next challenge… and may we respond with the same courage, determination, and dedication.

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