Today is the day for the fine people of El Dorado, Kansas to kick off their week-long activities that begin with the annual Celebration of Freedom Parade. This is the week where we pay homage to those who have served this country.
The names of many of these are etched in stone at the Celebration of Freedom Memorial. The brick-paved sidewalk reflects the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and paid the price of freedom with their lives. Many veterans will pause here today, and they will see their names beside their feet, and they will remember what they can never forget–the faces of those who fought beside them and the battlefield scars that still mark their bodies and minds.
Regardless of whether they served in a time of peace or a time of war, this memorial has a special place in the hearts of those who pledged their sacred honor to defend this great nation.
As a tribute to all veterans and as a reminder to everyone, I am including this brief video clip of one of President Reagan’s stirring speeches: A Soldier’s Pledge