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Mayor Biasiotta's Memorial Day Message

5/25/2020

Mayor Biasiotta's Memorial Day Message - 

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Memorial Day – Monday, May 25, 2020

I am honored to speak with you this Memorial Day on behalf of the City of Seven Hills.

Today is the day we set aside each year to honor and pay tribute to our fallen military.

The men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while securing our freedoms and safety!

We enjoy the freedom and safety they provided each and every day. For this we shall be internally grateful for their sacrifice.  We owe them--and their families, a debt that can never be repaid.

Though circumstance prevented us from having our traditional parade and ceremony, we in Seven Hills found it particularly important to find a way to honor our heroes on Memorial Day while still respecting social distance guidelines.

Our fallen have taught us the value of Freedom, of Honor and Love of Country.

Their sacrifice reminds us of the courage required to protect those ideals.

We owe it to them to live our lives in a way that is deserving of what they left for us, and by instilling these same ideals in future generations:

I would like to share with you a memorial poem written during World War I. Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae was inspired to write this poem in 1915 after seeing poppies growing in the battlefields shortly after his friend and fellow soldier died in battle.   The poem is titled “In Flanders Field”, Flanders Field was the site of the battle and the poem was the inspiration for VFW making the poppy the official memorial flower.

-In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

-We are the dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved, and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.

-Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.-

So today, with heavy hearts, our heads bowed in respect, but our spirits proud, we solemnly recognize our fallen heroes-- and we say --Thank you - and may God bless the United States of America and the City of Seven Hills.