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Virtus Hero - May of 2010


Memorial Day Heroes


President Ronald Reagan, 1986

"Memorial Day is an occasion of special importance to all Americans, because it is a day sacred to the memory of all those Americans who made the supreme sacrifice for the liberties we enjoy. We will never forget or fail to honor these heroes to whom we owe so much. We honor them best when we resolve to cherish and defend the liberties for which they gave their lives. Let us resolve to do all in our power to assure the survival and the success of liberty so that our children and their children for generations to come can live in an America in which freedom's light continues to shine.

The Congress, in establishing Memorial Day, called for it to be a day of tribute to America's fallen, and also a day of national prayer for lasting peace. This Nation has always sought true peace. We seek it still. Our goal is peace in which the highest aspirations of our people, and people everywhere, are secure: peace with freedom, with justice, and with opportunity for human development. This is the permanent peace for which we pray, not only for ourselves but for all generations.

The defense of peace, like the defense of liberty, requires more than lip service. It requires vigilance, military strength, and the willingness to take risks and to make sacrifices. The surest guarantor of both peace and liberty is our unflinching resolve to defend that which has been purchased for us by our fallen heroes.

On Memorial Day, let us pray for peace, not only for ourselves, but for all those who seek freedom and justice."

Pictured in the photo is the grave of Sergeant James John Regan, Army Ranger, and his fiance, Ms. Mary McHugh.  Sgt Regan gave his last full measure of devotion supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on February 12, 2007 in Northern Iraq.  Regan's stint in the Army was to end in February 2008, and he and Ms. McHugh planned to marry the next month.  Please keep the Regan family, Mary McHugh, and the hundreds of thousands of other heroes who made the supreme sacrifice in your prayers.  God bless our troops.

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