Around the Town with Mayor Steve: Memorial Day Celebration 2016Share This +
On Memorial Day I was invited to talk about the significance of the day for all of our residents and other citizens who came out to celebrate the lives of the men and women who died while serving our country in our armed forces. With warm weather, blue skies and hundreds of people in attendance, I was joined by Aldermen Dan Bukiewicz and Chris Guzikowski, as well as Common Council President Ken Gehl to remember those members of our military who paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives fighting for our freedom.
This is a text of my comments delivered on Memorial Day 2016, at Forest Hill Memorial Cemetery in Oak Creek.
Memorial Day is a day to remember all the brave man and woman who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Their bravery and willingness to serve their country are examples that all of us should remember as we spend time today with family and friends. A cemetery is also a fitting place to remember those who have gone to a better place, and it's appropriate that we gather at this place every year on this day, to honor the past, and those who make it possible for us to assemble as a community, to share our stories of these heroes.
Young or old, we're all connected by a common theme. We're Americans, and we love our country. We're part of a history that has seen many young men and women give up everything they had, leave their families and go to war, sometimes on the other side of the world, not thinking of themselves, but the service to their country. Whether it's World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, or Iraq, the soldier goes to fight for us, and in some cases dies on the battlefield. That ultimate sacrifice is one we should remember, and it's a debt we owe them each and every day, not just on Memorial Day.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan said these words...
WE MUST BE STRONG ENOUGH TO CREATE PEACE WHERE IT DOES NOT EXIST AND STRONG ENOUGH TO PROTECT IT WHEN IT DOES.
Thank you to all those who have died protecting that peace and God Bless this great country and all of you.