Take a Moment to Salute our Fallen Heroes
By Frank Antenori
As many of you know, Memorial Day is tomorrow. Memorial Day has symbolized the sacrifice of those many brave men and women who have fought and died so we could enjoy freedom.
I hope many of you will take a few moments from your day off of barbequing and watching baseball to appreciate what Memorial Day really stands for.
It’s an especially sacred day to those of us that have served in the military, particularly those that have served in combat and have lost close buddies in war.
Our prayers are with those families who have lost a loved one to war, but our thoughts are with our buddies that have given the ultimate sacrifice.
We remember you, not for how you died, but for how you lived; as Patriots, as great Americans, as our brothers and sisters in arms who took up the noble cause of defending freedom and bringing liberty to those oppressed.
Tomorrow, those of us that made it home from war will bow our heads in prayer, shed some tears and honor the fallen and those who knew them. We should continue to share the stories, their stories, so that they will never be forgotten.
Below is the seldom heard third stanza of “America the Beautiful;” a fitting tribute to the spirit of Memorial Day. I hope all of you will take a few moments to quietly thank those heroes that allow us to celebrate the blessings of liberty on this sacred day.
“O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.”
“Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!”
Frank Antenori is a retired Special Forces Soldier that saw combat in Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq.