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“A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle … and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.” — George William Curtis
In looking for words to describe today’s Memorial Day celebration of the lives of so many, both lost to us forever and those for whom we still give thanks, it’s quite difficult to express enough emotion. To be surrounded by sights and sounds that herald the acts of valor, courage and deep, abiding love of country and fellow citizens, is almost without comparison to any other congregate celebration.
Both Ken and I were raised in military families and thus have a reverence for and appreciation of the pomp and circumstance that often accompanies patriotic celebrations; however, for both he and I, and I would guess many more, we are no longer near our parents’ final resting places. To be able to come to the El Dorado County Veteran’s Memorial in Placerville where we have interred memorial bricks in their honor has become almost the same thing as visiting them in their final resting places. And to have the presence of the men and women in uniform, the accompaniment of the traditional flag ceremonies, 21-gun salutes, air show, music and stories of honor, is to us an opportunity to visit our parents with great emotional connection.
Being able to place the red and white carnations upon our bricks added another element of personal touching. We wish to thank the many people who put their time, talent and treasure into making this day so very special for so many people.