Monday, May 26, 2014

A World War II survivor's Memorial Day sermon

From Kentucky-

Memorial Day has been set aside as a federal holiday to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. For the survivor who chooses to testify his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory.

To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive. To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.

These words I quote from Elie Wiesel, a German Jew who survived the Holocaust. We know, as Wiesel reminds us, in the end it is all about memory. So today it is my duty as a survivor to speak for those silent ones who are with us only in spirit and memory.

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