From the West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol 2008 (haven't things changed!):
And since Obama wouldn't, a special remembrance of the heroes buried at Arlington National Cementery:
A remembrance from Governor Palin on Facebook. Complete transcript of her Facebook Note:
Memorial Day, to Remember Past and Present Sacrifice
Today at 11:22am
“Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the
coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and
- General Orders No.11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters,
May 5, 1868
This weekend, as we enjoy time with family and friends, we
should stop and remember the meaning of this national holiday. Memorial Day is a
uniquely American holiday that finds its origins in the aftermath of our Civil
War, when our country searched for a proper way to commemorate the many who had
fallen in the long struggle to end slavery and unify our nation.
we remember all of those throughout our history and to this very day who gave
their lives serving our country in uniform. Our prayers are especially with the
surviving family members for whom everyday is memorial day, as they live on
remembering their loved ones who died selflessly to protect the freedoms we hold
And on Memorial Day, let us also remember all veterans, past and
present, because everyone who wears the uniform and swears the oath is willing
to make that ultimate sacrifice for America. So, in honoring them let’s keep in
mind this version of a popular poem as we show respect for those willing to
sacrifice all for our exceptional country:“
It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the veteran, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin will be draped by the flag.”
- Sarah Palin
(Enjoy this version of the poem recited by Fred Thompson.)