Memorial Day 2020

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

We will ALL remember THIS Memorial Day! I dedicate this Memorial Day 2020 to all those souls who gave their lives to maintain our freedom. Let Us Never Forget Freedom carries with it a huge price. 

This is my message for this year.

 

MEMORIAL DAY 2020

 

Good Morning and welcome to the COVID-19 version of Memorial Day 2020.

I am Doug Dawes, Commander of Georgetown’s Rene J. Gagnon American Legion Post #211. Together with the Georgetown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7608 and VFW Post Commander Wanda Codair, we welcome you.

I had a Memorial Day Speech all prepared then this health crisis was thrust on us. In its place a few thoughts come to my mind.

First, we are here today to honor and memorialize those men & women who served in our nation’s military forces and have now crossed over to eternity.

Second, in the last year 6 members of our combined Posts have crossed over.

Peter Whitney, Robert “Bob” Davidson, Roger Guilbault, Charles “Chuck” Margeson, Alex Bruce, & Arthur Greenberg. We will always remember your contributions to our country, our community and our Posts.

During WWII Georgetown sent 236 people off to war, 8 Died. S/Sgt. John E. Adams, Pvt. Neill C. Aiken, Cadet Edward A. Dunlap, Jr., Capt. Ralph Keeler, Pvt. Arthur E. Parkhurst, 3/c William R. Walker, P.F.C. Orin W. Woodman and Lt. Clarence E. Rice

In past years I have cited a poem by former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. That poem has had a profound effect on my being.

The crux of her message was…AM I WORTH DYING FOR? Have I lived my life in a manner that would honor the sacrifices of our deceased military men & women?

Many veterans died in combat, many more made it home, physically, BUT the war remained in them to the day they passed on. A couple of months before he died a 94-year-old WWII veteran shared with me, with tears in his eyes, and a quivering voice, that he was still having nightmares about WWII. It never goes away!

Many other veterans have passed on as the results of physical wounds, mental wounds, and diseases caused by chemical agents such as Agent Orange. These veterans live with the ravages of war and internalize it each and every day. Many have even resorted to the act of suicide just to stop their pain & suffering.

Each of us should ponder Eleanor’s question, Am I Worth Dying For? Is there something we should be doing to make ourselves worthy?

The answer is simple… Yes… nothing… but something. Why? Because the American soldier fights & sacrifices for each of us, no matter what!

As Americans, we are known to put our differences aside and pull together when there’s a cause bigger than ourselves which requires coming together as “We the People”.

For the past few months we have been under attack by a silent and deadly enemy that’s invaded our shores. Many are dying, many others are suffering from the loss. Millions have lost their jobs, schools are shuttered, businesses are gone, some are losing hope, are scared or angry.  Yet, through it all, “We the People” MUST pull together, keep our traditions, our way of life, our comradeship, and even improve on it.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

This is how we can honor our deceased veterans.

Put our differences aside and pull together.

We are at war with a virus… continue to watch out for our neighbors, participate in our communities, support our schools, support our local businesses, but most importantly come together as Americans fight for a common cause. That’s how we can honor those veterans that have sacrificed for each of us.

Together we will thrive. Divided we will fall.

 

I pray that God's countenance will shine on each of you every day

 

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?

 

 

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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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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Doug Dawes thank you for your service, first and foremost!  and to continue serving in a commander of the VFW Post position.... 

"Let Us Never Forget Freedom carries with it a huge price" 

May 25, 2020 02:43 AM #1
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Barbara Todaro 

You are most welcome & please enjoy this day

May 25, 2020 02:50 AM #2
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Doug. Thank you for your continuing contribution to honor those who have gave their all! Enjoy your day celebrating those who served. 

May 25, 2020 04:40 AM #3
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Kat Palmiotti
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Thank you for your post, reminding us of all of those who have died in service to our country, and in the need of pulling together. Both are important messages.

May 25, 2020 05:55 AM #4
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Doug... what a wonderful post. Loved the video of taps being played... I can never hear it without tears coming to my eyes. And this prayer is beyond wonderful:

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?

May 25, 2020 05:59 AM #5
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Doug,

Thank you for your post, and we appreciate your service and your thoughts.  All the best to you for the coming week.  A

May 25, 2020 06:42 AM #6
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Will Hamm
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Hello Doug and Thank You for your service and also for your great post on this special day.

 

May 25, 2020 08:35 AM #7
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John Pusa
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Hello Doug Dawes thank you for your service. Happy Memorial Day to you and to all!

May 25, 2020 12:00 PM #8
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Good afternoon Doug Dawes - your words and thoughts touch me and I am grateful for the sacrifice all the brave have made to keep us free.

May 25, 2020 12:35 PM #9
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Doug- excellent post and I too must echo what others have said. Thank you for your continued service. We the People are what makes this the wonderful country that it is.

May 25, 2020 07:08 PM #10
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Doug Dawes
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Thank you Wayne Martin 

This year took much effort due to the many restrictions placed on gathering. BUT we did put together a rifle squad to honor the dead

May 26, 2020 06:42 AM #11
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Kat Palmiotti 

If our divisions continue to mount we will lose our country as we know it. We must never forget the sacrifices so many have made so we can live free

May 26, 2020 06:43 AM #12
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Doug Dawes
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Hood Morning Nina Hollander 

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP turned me on to that particular Taps video.

Eleanor Roosevelt's poem has impacted me in many ways.

May 26, 2020 06:46 AM #13
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Doug Dawes
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I trust Memorial Day was a memorable & enjoyable day for both of you Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

May 26, 2020 06:47 AM #14
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Doug Dawes
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You are most welcome Will Hamm.

Each of you were & are worth it.

May 26, 2020 06:49 AM #15
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Doug Dawes
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John Pusa Memorial Day was busier than usual. So many people stepped up to bring as much normalcy as they could to the day

May 26, 2020 06:51 AM #16
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Doug Dawes
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I will never forget the sacrifices so many have made Grant Schneider Now WE must make sacrifices to KEEP our nation free & safe from foreign and domestic enemies

May 26, 2020 06:53 AM #17
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Doug Dawes
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It IS We the People that make this nation Thrive Kathy Streib It is We the People who carry the responsibility on protecting our freedoms from tyranny 

May 26, 2020 06:56 AM #18
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Roy Kelley
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Good Thursday morning, Doug.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding week.

May 28, 2020 05:24 AM #19
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Roy Kelley 

It has been an outstanding week already and was just made better by being able to schedule a haircut for next Friday 5 June. They're doing appt only but at least we're beginning to reopen.

May 29, 2020 07:34 AM #20
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