Manfredi: Memorial Day reflections

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Submitted By: Councilmember Vincent Manfredi

Memorial Day stands as a poignant reminder of the brave soldiers who laid down their lives for our liberties. Though we can never fully settle this profound debt, we must hold a constant reminder of their sacrifice within our hearts.

It’s equally important to remember the silent sufferers – those who have lost loved ones in this noble cause of freedom. In 1884, Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. penned powerful words, not only about the deceased but also about the living. He touched on the women left behind, unable to fight, but compelled to sacrifice their happiness nonetheless. He beautifully described their quiet strength and resilience, their ability to inspire us, and the wisdom they pass onto their children. These women might not have fought on the battleground, but their courage and fortitude are equally worthy of recognition.

Today, in contrast to 1884, we recognize the sacrifices made by both men and women on the battlefield. Holmes Jr.’s eloquent tribute speaks volumes about the bereaved ones left behind. We owe immense gratitude to those mourning the loss of mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters who courageously stepped forth to safeguard our way of life. America, conceived amid bloodshed, flourishes on the freedom to determine our future. Countless individuals have opted to defend our ideals, and the least we can do is honor their sacrifices.

President Kennedy once profoundly said, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” This sentiment resonates in numerous cemeteries across the nation and overseas, and echoes in the hearts of the many who mourn the loss of their loved ones.

Editor’s Note: Councilmember Vincent Manfredi is an owner of InMaricopa.