Honoring our nation’s fallen on Memorial Day

Posted by: ST on May 30, 2011 at 11:06 am

Truer words were never spoken:

“Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier. And, our soldiers don’t just give freedom abroad, they preserve it for us here at home. For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag. No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn’t believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home.” – Senator Zell Miller (D-GA), 2004 RNC

This part of his speech starts at the 5:52 mark below:

As we do our yard work today, host BBQs, converse with family and friends, snooze on the couch, go about our daily business, please take a moment to remember those who have given all – and their families, too. They always need to know that the ultimate sacrifices made by their loved ones will be forever appreciated, and never forgotten.

Boy Scout - Memorial Day

Boy Scout Hunter Penaz, 10, rests his hand on a headstone at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery after placing a flag Saturday, May, 28, 2011, in preparation for Memorial Day. After placing the flag, Penaz then told his father 'Let's go honor more soldiers, dad.' Volunteers decorated the cemetery with over 41,000 flags. AP Photo/The El Paso Times, Mark Lambie

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4 Responses to “Honoring our nation’s fallen on Memorial Day”


  1. Phineas says:

    I still have Zell Miller’s speech stored on my computer; it’s an oratorical masterpiece, politics in the shape of a revival-tent sermon.

  2. Lorica says:

    Words spoken by a man whose political party have abandoned them. Now our soldiers are looked as despots, and criminals. 2012 cannot get here fast enough. Lord please take this deception from us. – Lorica

  3. A local story, for everyone everywhere. (We could not attend the ceremony at White Rose today, unfortunately.)

    For more than two decades, a local Boy Scout troop has dedicated countless hours decorating the graves of military veterans at two community cemeteries in honor of Memorial Day.

    Bartlesville Boy Scout Troop 6 placed hundreds of American flags at the White Rose Cemetery and Memorial Park Cemetery earlier this week as a tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed for the country’s freedom.

    “The Scouts look forward to this project every year,” said Charles Lewis, Troop 6 scoutmaster. “In a way, it feels like we know the veterans themselves when we read the grave markings.” …


  4. NC Cop says:

    I was in Arlington last month, I go every year and it ALWAYS has the same effect on me. There are really no words to express how much we owe to our veterans. They are the reasons that we get to live the way we do, they are the reasons my son will grow up in a free country.

    Thank you veterans, current military members, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and their families.

    We will never forget what you have done for us.

    God bless you all!!!!