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A day of reflection

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 18, 2014

From its founding, the United States of America has sent its men and women into battle in the defense of freedom. More than 1.3 million Americans never came home to see the results of their struggles.
Next Monday, we honor all of them and their sacrifices.
Many millions have served in operations domestic and foreign. In Vicksburg, more than 20,000 were killed during the Siege. We were divided then, and most Confederates and Union troops do not share the same burial grounds in Vicksburg. They were all Americans, though, whatever the motivations behind the war.
We honor all those who fell in battle once a year — on Memorial Day — the last Monday of each May. It’s a time for reflection. It’s a time to remember. It’s a time to attempt to digest the costs put forth by our brothers and sisters, fathers and grandfathers, to keep America together.
America, despite its political divisions, is still the shining beacon of light that all nations strive to be. The least we can do is honor those who died to keep that light aglow.
Do not take for granted the sacrifices put forth over the nearly 238 years since brave men attached their names in ink to the Declaration of Independence — an almost certain death sentence. The blood spilled from that day forth must be a stoic reminder of what was done so that we, the people, are able to enjoy the spoils of being a free American.
God Bless America.