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Memorial Day 2016

Today we remember our greatest heroes, those who gave the last full measure to protect and preserve our freedom and liberty. This day we pause as Americans to remember and give thanks.

Each year Memorial Day fills me with emotion and pride. The Roswell Remembers event at City Hall every year is hosted by my Rotary club as well as many other patriotic events in Milton, Alpharetta, Woodstock and across the state. I swell with pride when the bag pipers begin playing and the national anthem is sung. During taps, I hold back tears. I think of my family and friends that have served us in uniform. I pray for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice and their families who lost loved ones.

Freedom is not free, it has been paid in full by our veterans. May God Bless the fallen.

“A Soldier is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including their life.”

IT IS THE SOLDIER

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

WASHINGTON,DC 10-23-04  1100 flag draped coffins line the edges of the Reflecting Pool at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.  The coffins represent the American soldiers who have died in Iraq.  Photo by Patsy Lynch/RETNA, LTD

WASHINGTON,DC 10-23-04 1100 flag draped coffins line the edges of the Reflecting Pool at the base of the Lincoln Memorial. The coffins represent the American soldiers who have died in Iraq. Photo by Patsy Lynch/RETNA, LTD