Dear Atlantic Coast Family,
This weekend we begin to celebrate Memorial Day.
It is a time to recognize, appreciate and honor all of our brave men and women in uniform, whose blood was shed in their ultimate acts of self sacrifice so that we may enjoy our freedom and liberties in this great country of ours.
The rights of all people to determine their own futures free of oppression and fear is not something to ever take for granted.
These brave individuals answered the call to serve in our nation’s hour of need, and in so doing paved the way for future generations to live in peace and prosperity in our magnificent Republic which stands as “one Nation under God.”
On Monday, May 29, we will gather to place flags on the graves of the fallen and pay silent and public tribute to those who stepped well beyond the lines of fear and the inherent desire for self-preservation to safeguard the values of the United States of America.
On every tombstone is a name of a unique and individual American hero who gave his or her life so that we may live in peace.
Each of them connected to a mother or father who mourned the loss of their child; a spouse; a child, left behind to carry on without them.
We must honor their tears as well and feel the searing pain of loss in their hearts, a pain never to ebb or recede with the passage of time.
We would also suggest that this weekend is an opportune time to recognize America’s surviving war veterans who must be guarded and treasured as living heroes of the highest caliber.
May God bless all of our living veterans and may God bless the memory of all of our veterans who died so that we may live as free men.
Have a great weekend everyone!