Reflecting on Memorial Day

A message from the county executive on Memorial Day.

By Kevin Kamenetz

Baltimore County Executive


On Monday, our entire nation will commemorate Memorial Day. For some, this will be a very personal occasion. You will pause to remember family and friends whose sacrifice secured our Country's safety and preserved its liberty. For others, it is a time to reflect on the knowledge that we owe the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy every day to the sacrifices of those in the United States Armed Forces, brave individuals that we never knew, heroic men and women that we never met. These anonymous heroes nonetheless gave their all to protect their country and our lives.

However, whether we knew them or not, the valor of every fallen member of our armed services has earned the respect and gratitude of every citizen of the United States. We owe them a debt that can never be repaid.

So on this Memorial Day, let us honor their service and sacrifice by not only honoring their service but by giving our surviving veterans the care, support, and respect that they deserve. On this sacred day, let us keep in our thoughts those who still stand watch around the world today by remembering these words spoken so long ago by Abraham Lincoln: "Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away."

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Buzz Beeler May 25, 2012 at 08:36 PM
My father was a WW II vet and my brother was a vet. There is a crisis in this country on how our government treats our vets and their survivors. http://www.allgov.com/US_and_the_World/ViewNews/Federal_Court_Rules_Congress_and_President_Bear_Responsibility_for_Fixing_Veterans_Mental_Health_Crisis_120513 I can't stand patronizing politicians. My mother is in a nursing home and will go bankrupt before anyone from the governments lifts a finger to help her. Your buddies are selling Fort Howared LLC wrapped around the veterans shoulders but when you look closely at the details it's a play on words. The veterans of this country deserve the finest we can offer and all they get is lip service from the government. http://dundalk.patch.com/articles/returning-from-war-to-fight-for-jobs-3129653e I guess the acronyms PC and DAV have different meanings when it comes to care.
Buzz Beeler May 27, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Watched Clint Eastwood's great film "Flags of Our Fathers," and it seems things have not changed much. The rhetoric is still the same.


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