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Memorial Day 2015

Today is a special day. It is a day of honor and reverence; it is a solemn day. Today we must recognize an unfortunate fact of life: our beloved country was formed and is protected by the blood of warriors. As unfortunate as this is we can be thankful, because over the years America has …

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A Message From The Pastor

By Rev. J. Thomas Shelley, STS, Pastor Zion (Shaffer’s) United Lutheran Church © 1999   On Memorial Day of last year I found myself doing something which I had never done before; indeed, something which at one time I could not even have conceived of doing: conducting a service of worship. Memorial Day has been …

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A Tribute To Memorial Day 2004

Delivered by Joseph Raisner, Camp Hill High School Senior 2004   Every spring we celebrate this holiday called “Memorial Day,” which traditionally marks the beginning of summer. Although the true celestial observance of the changing seasons does not officially occur for another three weeks, today is recognized as the day when all the summer events …

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The Oath of the Soldier

A Memorial Day Observance Speech by Johnny Q. Gogue III   Memorial Day – For most it is a three-day weekend, filled with bar-b-que’s and picnics . . . A time to get away from the normal humdrum of the week. For other’s it’s the beginning of summer, a time to look towards the long …

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Memorial Day Speech 1997

(May 26, 1997) By Deborah Y. Parker Public Affairs Office, 279th Base Support Battalion, Unit 27535, Bamberg, Germany   “Darkness enveloped the whole American armada. Not a pinpoint of light showed from those hundreds of ships as they surged on through the night toward their destiny, carrying across the ageless and indifferent sea tens of …

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Memorial Day Service

Robinson’s Run Cemetery, McDonald, Pennsylvania 28 May 1995 By Ira Joe Davis Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army   Ladies and Gentlemen, let me begin by thanking the leadership of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, for allowing me to participate in your Memorial Day ceremonies. Memorial Day has a …

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Memorial Day Essay

by Kathlena Peebles[Copyright, 1996] Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day set aside for remembrance of those who have died in our nations service. Memorial Day was first proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, in his General order number 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868; when flowers …

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Suggested Memorial Day speech from US Army [1999]

MEMORIAL DAY 1999 From the US Army Armylink site: http://www.dtic.mil/armylink/news/May1999/s19990505memday99.html   [Opening Amenities: Speaker acknowledges and addresses the specific audience] [Introduction] Memorial Day is the time for Americans to reconnect with their history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals we cherish. More than a million American service members …

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Observations on Memorial Day, 1996

Observations on Memorial Day, 1996 by Jesse Brown Secretary of Veterans Affairs**   Memorial Day has traditionally been one of the most solemn and patriotic days for Americans. Rightfully so. Memorial Day is a day when all Americans, regardless of ideologies, race, creed, or political persuasion, join together to remember the sacrifices of those who answered …

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