“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Every year we come upon Memorial Day knowing full well what it means, but truth be told, consider it an opportunity to have a three day weekend.
Many people will go about their daily lives without pausing to think about what this day means. Wouldn’t it be nice to make this day a real Memorial Day and spend that time truly honoring the sacrifices that were made for us?
My Dad, Richard T. Brow, gave this Memorial Day speech at the Dresden, NY Cemetery, and has been doing this for well over 20 years. Richard was in the United States Air Force during Korea, got his college degree via the GI Bill, met my mom (Ruth) in college. They settled down in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Memorial Day Ceremony, Dresden, NY 2011 [Richard Brow]
“TODAY WE JOIN TOGETHER AS WE HAVE FOR MANY YEARS TO RECOGNIZE, PAY OUR RESPECTS AND TO HONOR THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY. WE HONOR THEIR MEMORY.
OUR RESPECT AND HONOR NOT ONLY IS GIVEN FOR OUR DECEASED MILITARY— WE GIVE IT TO ALL OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE CURRENTLY SERVING AND TO THE LIVING VETERANS.
WE NEEDTO REMEMBER IN OUR DAILY LIVES THE REASON WE ARE FREE PEOPLE— IT IS THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ANSWER THE CALL TO SERVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TO KEEP US FREE. THANK YOU. LET US ALWAYS SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!
PONDER THIS QUOTE “NO OTHER SUCCESS IN LIFE – NOT BEING PRESIDENT, OR BEING WEALTHY, OR GOING TO COLLEGE, OR WRITING A BOOK, OR ANYTHING ELSE — COMES UP TO THE SUCCESS OF THE MAN OR WOMEN WHO CAN FEEL THAT THEY HAVE DONE THEIR DUTY AND THAT THEIR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN RISE UP AND CALL THEM BLESSED”.
—- President Theodore Roosevelt
Our Thanks to the Dresden American Legion Post who placed an American Flag at graves of our local Veterans who served this country. Please remove your hats as we stand tall to salute the flag and in our hearts give “Thanks” for all our country’s military personnel past and present while The Legion firing squad salutes the Veterans buried here AND TAPS are played by Jeff Sempien”
A little backstory on Dresden, NY. Dresden is one of the smallest towns in New York State, rich in history yet unchanged for the most of the past 100 years. Less than 300 residents call it home, but most of these folks have had family going back to some of the founders. Situated on the largest of the Finger Lakes (Seneca), in picturesque wine country, Dresden is a summer paradise.
The annual Memorial Day service, parade and church meal that follows has gone on for well over 100 years. It is usually the highlight of the year and brings in bands and marching units from around the area. When I was younger, my scout troop would proudly march in this. This year the troop has been reactivated after taking a 20 year slumber. Ably lead by my “old” scoutmaster Bill Updike.
Dresden, like thousands of other small (and larg) towns celebrate the annual “kick-off to Summer”, but these towns also gave back to the veterans who allowed us the right to celebrate.
I personally want to thank all veterans and pray for those who have gone before us.
No matter the differences we have in this country, it is because of the veterans that we can peacefully disagree and work out what is necessary for this country to remain the greatest country on earth.