Memorial Day – Grave site photo’s
We set aside Memorial Day
Each and every year
To honor those who gave their lives
…Defending what we hold dear.
In all the dark and deadly wars,
Their graves prove and remind us,
Our brave Americans gave their all
To put danger far behind us.
They made the ultimate sacrifice
Fighting for the American way;
We admire them and respect them
On every Memorial Day.
By Joanna Fuchs
In Loving Memory
On every soldier’s tombstone should be a message of honor, respect and love:
“In loving memory of one who loved his country, who fought against evil
to preserve what is right and true and good.
In loving memory of one who is a cut above the rest of us,
who had the surpassing courage, the uncommon strength,
to do whatever had to be done, persevering through hardship and pain.
In loving memory of one who was brave enough to give his life, his all,
so that those he cared about would remain safe and free.
In loving memory of a unique and treasured soldier who will never be forgotten.”
By Joanna Fuchs
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. –John Stewart Mill–
Thank you to all of those better men and women who have fought and continue to fight for freedom and democracy! And in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Command Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Chris Redmond’s Memorial Day 2011 Speech given May 30, 2011 at Maplewood Cemetery, Mt. Upton, NY
Good morning Mount Upton…it is a wonderful day to gather for such an honorable purpose. As master seargent retired tim hudson said, i am air force command chief master sergeant retired chris REDMOND AND i am a 1981 graduate of mount upton central high school. before i get into the meat of my remarks, i’d like to say “thank you” to a few people.
The Charles M. Townsend Post 1143 of Mt. Upton, the fire department, GMU band, scouts, emergency squad, and everyong else who helped put this event together.
MSgt (ret) tim hudson for his gracious hospitality and invitation.
my father, joe redmond, a korean war veteran, for setting the example for my life.
my wife, the former cindy harrington, for her 28 plus years of dedication to our service to the air force.
although i am retired, i stand here as a proud military veteran – wearing the uniform of my nation. as i have traveled the world in this uniform talking to your brave sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers in uniform, i have come to believe There is no profession more Noble than service to one’s nation… nothing more Noble than defending the greatness of one’s country. In time of national emergency, America has never lacked the brave, devoted sons and daughters to do battle for her sacred cause. America cannot, America will not, forget those brave patriots who, in time of war… saved her… and in time of peace… preserved her. I speak TO YOU TODAY AS A PROUD AMERICAN AND I OFFER YOU MY BELIEF – AMERICA would not be the country we love were it not for the patriotic sacrifice of men and women like THOSE WE HONOR TODAY.
Arthur ashe ONCE said … True heroism is remarkably sober – very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE men and women of our armed forces serve you…the citizens of this great nation. soldiers, sailers, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen stand – holding the stars and stripes as a symbol of our strength – between you and our nation’s enemies. the flag is our banner of love and devotion… it is a living memorial to the courageous spirit represented BY THOSE WE ARE HERE TO HONOR.
men and women have worn the uniform of our country for over 200 years for many reasons. i believe there is one common thread… “service before self”. When I think of the word SERVICE – three traits come to mind… DEDICATION, HONOR and COMMITMENT.
Edmund Burke, an 18th century philosopher, once said – “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” THOSE WE HONOR each MEMORIAL DAY WERE NOT SILENT.
THEY CHOSE TO SERVE…
THEY CHOSE TO STAND TALL AND BE COUNTED…
THEY pledged unwavering support and commitment to a life of service, no matter the time, location, circumstance…and no matter the sacrifice. THEY understood the risk. the love of THEIR country outweighed any fear of personal harm.
among those ARE TEN AMERICAN HEROeS who I pay a special tribute to ON MEMORIAL DAY. THEY WERE AMERICAN AIRMEN with the air force office of special investigations WHO GAVE THEIR LAST FULL MEASURE of devotion FOR THEIR COUNTRY.
IF YOU WILL PERMIT ME, IT WOULD BE MY HONOR and privilege TO INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU:
SPECIAL AGENT LEE HITCHCOCK, KILLED IN VIETNAM ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, 1967
SPECIAL AGENT RAYMOND ROUND, KILLED IN THAILAND ON SEPTEMBER 12TH, 1970
SPECIAL AGENT RICK ULBRIGHT, KILLED IN IRAQ ON AUGUST 8TH, 2004
SPECIAL AGENT DAN KUHLMEIER, KILLED IN IRAq ON FEBRUARY 20TH, 2006
SPECIAL AGENT(S) MATTHEW KUGLICS AND RYAN BALMER, KILLED IN IRAQ ON JUNE 5TH, 2007
SPECIAL AGENT(S) TOM CROWELL, DAVE WEIGER, AND NATE SCHULDHEISS, KILLED IN IRAQ ON NOVEMBER 1ST, 2007
Master Seargent TARA BROWN, KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN ON APRIL 27TH, 2011
THESE BRAVE AIRMEN HAVE BEEN added to the scroll of Americans that gave their all fighting our enemies. THEY ARE now and forever part of our NATION’S SACRED list of heroes who most honorably served our country. they committed their lives to make America a safer nation and the world a safer place for our children and grandchildren.
tHE contributions, courage, and spirit OF THOSE WE HONOR today will last forever and shine as a beacon of strength for us all. IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS FELLOW AMERICANS TO ENSURE THAT THOSE who continue to serve and those who have made THE ULTIMATE SACRAFICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN and will FOREVER BE HONORED.
may GOD continue BLESS OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM
GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.