The Creswell Chronicle -

By Kelly Fitzpatrick
Director Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs 

Memorial Day reminds us of our highest ideals – and the price we pay for them

Guest Viewpoint


May 23, 2019

Every year, I'm struck by the powerful - and often, opposing - emotions that Memorial Day stirs.

We celebrate our freedoms, and yet, we mourn the cost that they required. We look ahead to a bright future, while we remember the trials and challenges of the past. We honor those who served, and we grieve their loss.

Celebration, and sadness. Gratitude, and remorse. Hope, and helplessness. Memorial Day is unique in evoking such a broad spectrum of feeling, because it is this holiday that speaks most keenly to our highest ideals, as well as the steep price we are willing to pay for them.


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