Memorial Day 2019 Mayor Beshara's Speech
Memorial Day 2019
Thank you everyone for attending today’s memorial service. As we honor those who gave up the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, let us recognize the following fallen soldiers from Richfield and all soldiers and please let us give them a moment of silence:
Charles O. Harner
William S. Huth
William R. Skowronski
Robert L. Gilbert II
Thank you. A moment of silence for these brave soldiers is miniscule in what they gave for our freedoms. Their lives were cut short for each and everyone of us who today stand here free. We drove or walked here today in a country, where our rights to live out our life, as we want, are valued. Can you imagine not having those freedoms? I cannot. But because of the 40,031 missing soldiers, 1,498,240 wounded soldiers and the 2,852,901 killed in all wars, you are standing here. You are smelling freedom. Let those numbers sink in.
Thank you to those soldiers and to their families. Our words of gratitude can never be enough. War is not something any of us want. It not only destroys lives, it changes how these brave men and women who serve or have served, view the world in ways we cannot imagine. What they have seen and endured, is not anything fathomable to most of us. But to the courageous men and women we honor today, they didn’t have a chance to tell us what they saw, how it changed them but we know that they would do ALL they could to protect us under horrific circumstances and we Americans are immensely indebted and grateful to each of these soldiers and their families. But out of war, also came peace. Out of the soldiers who came home, came hard working men and women. To the valors who came home, we thank you, honor you and will never forget you.
So please, as we go about the day, kindly give a give a moment of silence at 3 p.m. to honor all fallen soldiers. In closing I would like to leave you with this, from the words of poet Joseph Rodman Drake "And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave." God Bless our soldiers and God Bless the United States of America.