Can Words do Justice?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA 92593-B

This is the text of my speech today

 

 

Memorial Day 2019

 

Good Morning Ladies & Gentlemen,

 

My name is Doug Dawes, Commander of the Georgetown Rene J Gagnon American Legion Post #211. Along with the Wanda Codair Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7608 we welcome you to the observance of Memorial Day 2019.

 

On Memorial Day we stand in memorial for those veterans, men and women, who have served our nation and have passed from this Earth. Memorial Day is a somber day and is not intended to be a celebration but rather a remembrance and honoring for our deceased veterans

 

My comments today are generic in nature as they could mean your son, daughter, brother sister, husband or wife.

 

Picture this, if you will…

 

It all started out to be a nice day it’s peaceful, the weather is nice & all is going well. You often think and pray for your child who’s serving the country in a theater of combat. You are very proud of them. You take notice of what seems to be an official looking vehicle headed down the street, but you’re not sure.

 

“Why is it stopping here?”

 

Your senses go on alert.

You see two people, one is an officer and the other is an NCO get out of the vehicle. (note, they will be from the military organization your child is serving in) They’re dressed in their Class A uniforms.  and they’re walking towards your door. Your curiosity begins to turn into a little anxiety.

You think, “What’s going on?” “No Lord, please No!

 

You go to the door to greet them.

You’re standing there on the stoop when they get to you.

“Hi, what can I do for you?”

“Are you Mr. Citizen sir?”

 

“Yes, why?”

 

“Sir, may we come in, please?”

 

You notice your nerves intensify.

You open the door and invite them in.

You hope they don’t see your body begins to vibrate.

You and your spouse sit down and hold each other. You instinctively know what’s next. 

 

The next words strike you and make you numb.

 

"Sir, Ma’am",

 

“The Commandant of the Marine Corps has entrusted me to express his deep regret and to inform you, your son Corporal James Citizen was killed in action while engaging enemy forces in the city of Hue, Vietnam. He was mortally wounded by shrapnel from a grenade.”

 

You’re stunned and summon all your courage to console your family and stay strong. They wait a bit and then continue.

 

“Sir, Ma’am, The Commandant extends his deepest sympathy to you and your family in your loss.”

 

You’re heartbroken, you’re angry, you’re a number of different emotions. All of a sudden everything has changed. You’ve experienced something that no person should have to experience.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, we are here in the memory of those who have fallen while in military service.

 

More than one million American service members have died in wars that our nation has been involved in since the first colonial soldiers took up arms in 1775.

 

Many more who did not die in battle have died by their own hand. Not because they wanted to die but because they wanted the pain to end. Many soldiers, both young and old, have nightmares. Others struggle from diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, 13 different cancers, heart disease and more from the effects of Agent Orange.

 

The American military recruits the best and finest crop of young men and women the country has to offer. We must continue to shower them with appreciation, support and prayers as they put their lives on the line, FOR US.

 

This day, Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude to those who gave their lives and to promise to never forget their or their family’s sacrifice.

 

Freedom is not free. There is a price to be paid. Do you know what it is? We owe them a debt that can never be repaid.

 

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, expressed it beautifully, "Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free."

 

President, Abraham Lincoln, put it, "Freedom is the last, best hope of earth."

 

President John F. Kennedy 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."

 

President Lyndon Johnson exclaimed, "Peace does not come just because we wish for it. Peace must be fought for. It must be built stone by stone."

 

President Ronald Reagan stated, “Today, the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are resolved to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we cherish. We are determined to achieve an enduring peace—a peace with liberty and with honor. This determination, this resolve, is the highest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our Nation.

No sane person wants war, yet, history is punctuated by it. Humans are a warring species. It’s inherent in each of us. I mean, we even war against our own Creator, never mind each other!

We must heed the words of our first Commander-in-Chief, General George Washington who said in 1798, “The willingness with which our young people will fight in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country.”

Veterans are an extraordinary group of citizens. From their extraordinary accomplishments comes OUR extraordinary debt to them. For those accomplishments and for their dedication, we must always be grateful. Just remember, The graves filled with veterans bodies are the cost of freedom.

I’ll end with a prayer I’ve used before written by Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt's Wartime Prayer

Dear Lord,

Lest I continue
My complacent way,
Help me to remember that somewhere,
Somehow out there
A man died for me today.
As long as there be war,
I then must
Ask and answer
Am I worth dying for?

There are at least two who think you are worthy to die for.

One died for your soul

The other is the American soldier.

God bless you all for being here, God bless our veterans, God bless Georgetown, God bless Massachusetts and God bless America

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I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and bless you with peace

2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR®, AWREP, LMC

Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
 978-887-3995  ~ Office
 978-270-3037  ~ Cell
 DougDawes@KW.com

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Doug Dawes
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My thoughts too, Bill Thank you for reading Liz and Bill Spear 

May 28, 2019 07:15 AM #33
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I bet when we toss that beer back those we are remembering will be right there with us John DL Arendsen 

May 28, 2019 07:16 AM #34
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I am humbled by your words Anne Edwards Johnson 

May 28, 2019 07:17 AM #35
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Thank you, thank you very much Wayne Johnson 

May 28, 2019 07:18 AM #36
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Doug Dawes
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I am pleased that you liked this post Chris Lima 

May 28, 2019 07:19 AM #37
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

I am glad your son came home and was able to hug you.

May 28, 2019 07:20 AM #38
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So glad you were able to participate and share your wisdom though, Doug. I know those who heard your speech were moved - you are making a difference. 

And, yes, I had one argue me down over my post yesterday (about what to say to veterans on Memorial Day). Never did let it go but, it did make me realize that if you're not from a military family, you may not have been taught these things that we do (and DON'T DO!) out of respect for those who serve our country. I am fearful that fewer will be taught common courtesy & respect in generations to come.

May 28, 2019 08:42 AM #39
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Hi Doug,
Thank you for sharing the text of your speech. And thanks for your sincere dedication to honoring the Fallen soldiers who we owe such a debt of gratitude. 

May 28, 2019 10:15 AM #40
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Thank you Doug Dawes for this beautifully well written and expressed heartfelt tribute to the Fallen men and women on Memorial Day 2019.  We owe all Honor and Respect for their sacrifice and service that we might enjoy Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

May 28, 2019 11:45 AM #41
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You make a good point Debe Maxwell, CRS if people are not taught about the differences then how would they know? I'm more surprised the number of veterans that don't turn out. Monday, being a great weather day, brought out many people. 

May 29, 2019 04:32 AM #42
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You're are most welcome Carol Williams 

May 29, 2019 04:34 AM #43
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That's what it's all about Diana Dahlberg 

May 29, 2019 04:35 AM #44
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Wow, so poignant Doug. It really is what Memorial Day is all about. Thank you. 

Jun 01, 2019 07:26 AM #45
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Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful speech, it touched me deeply.

Jun 02, 2019 05:20 PM #46
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Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Thank you for your kind words. It's important for people to know that it is a solemn day BUT do celebrate the lives of those that gave theirs AND always keep the families in mind.

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Hello Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® 

I thank you for reading and replying.

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Doug, I am so glad I got to meet you in Boston, MA last year. A powerful message and if it would not have been featured I would have really been disappointed. I salute you RLTW, Endre

Jun 03, 2019 10:58 PM #49
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Hi Doug:

What a touching, heartfelt speech. I'm sorry I missed this on Memorial Day but glad to see that it was featured.

Jeff

Jun 04, 2019 06:53 AM #50
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 

RLTW only after jumping from my perfectly good C-130...lol

It was my pleasure meeting you too, 

Jun 04, 2019 09:58 AM #51
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Hi Jeff,

I was surprised it was featured. I try to get people to keep thinking about the jobs our military does.

Jun 04, 2019 10:00 AM #52
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