Memorial Day is a time to take stock of the present, reflect on the
past, and renew our commitment to the future of America.
Today, as in the past, there are problems that must be solved and
challenges that must be met. We can tackle them with our full
strength and creativity only because we are free to work them out
in our own way. We owe this freedom of choice and action to those
men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its
interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted
to those who have given their lives that we might be free.
I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom
is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded
that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.
This Memorial Day (of 1983), we honor those brave Americans who
died in the service of their country. I think an ancient scholar
put it well when he wrote: ``Let us now praise famous men . . . All
these were honored in their generation, and were the glory of their
times. Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for
evermore.'' As a tribute to their sacrifice, let us renew our
resolve to remain strong enough to deter aggression, wise enough to
preserve and protect our freedom, and thoughtful enough to promote
lasting peace throughout the world.
on the Observance of Memorial Day
, May 26, 1983, President
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