Memorial Day 2017

Mayor Beshara's Speech

Good morning and thank you for being here as we honor our fallen soldiers…true American heroes.

Memorial Day is being commemorated all around our great country today. There are parades, speeches and somber services that designate this day as a day of remembrance. Memorial Day is the one day of the year that we put aside to thank those who served our great country and gave the ultimate sacrifice…their lives. But we should remember those who died for our country each and every day. With every freedom we have, with every breath we take, with every decision we make, we wouldn’t be able to do it without those brave men and women who died for us. When we fly our flags proudly, we wouldn’t be able to fly them without these brave men and women and each day that we can walk and talk freely, we wouldn’t be able to do it without these brave men and women.

Everyday our soldiers around the world, are put in harm’s way to ensure our freedoms. Some will come home and some will not. For the families of these men and women, they live each day praying and hoping that they will see their loved ones again.

Let us remember the men and women of all wars who died, who were Injured and those who still suffer today. Let us honor the following soldiers from Richfield who went to war and never returned:

They are:

Charles O. Harner

John Jenkins

Raymond Rauch

Robert Welch

William S. Huth

William R. Skowronski

John Tyrell

Robert L. Gilbert III

Let us remember their families and their suffering. We are a grateful people but there are never enough words to thank these families of these brave men and women who died for our freedoms.  The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m., on Memorial Day, to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute.  

In closing, I’d like to read a poem written by Don Nielsen. It is called, To Them We Owe

Happened today, and in the past;

Sacrifice made, for ours to last.

Wives to widows, families torn;

Gave their lives, for them we mourn.

Gone forever, souls are lost;

Freedom comes, with this cost.

Enjoy the life, they did preserve;

Fate they suffered, did not deserve.

On this day, lest we forget;

To them we owe, our life in debt.

May God Bless each of you, our fallen heroes and may God Bless the United States of America. Thank you.