May we remember the sacrifice, and may our leaders act with wisdom and restraint.
Communities all over our country are making final arrangements for their Memorial Day observances. The location is reserved; the musicians/singers are practicing; the Boys and Girls State winners are rehearsing, and the main speaker is planning an inspiring speech — moving each of us to a renewed gratefulness for the sacrifices done in our name to keep our nation free. The only thing missing — is you. Plan to attend a celebration or observance in your community.
I have noticed that in many communities, there are parks or areas where statues are displayed of the various branches of the military. In many of these parks, a soldier is portrayed head bowed, kneeling in prayer. I think I know what they are praying for: that our government leaders will always act with restraint, reason and wisdom when faced with the dilemma of going into another war. I think they hope that their sons and daughters will not be sent into any armed conflict — if it can be avoided. I think that is what many of us pray for.
Darlene Thyen, Paynesville, Minn.
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