Some Gave All, All Gave Some.
Monday, May 30th, is a day of remembrance for those who have died
serving our country. This year, Memorial Day takes on a special significance as
we remember not only those who have fought in past wars, but also those who have
lost their lives during our present war. We should always be grateful to those
who give their lives to protect the many freedoms we enjoy.
To ensure that the sacrifices of America's heroes are never forgotten, in
December 2000, the President signed into law "The National Moment of Remembrance
Act", which created the White House Commission on the National Moment of
Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to
pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of
silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
Let us always remember those who have gone before us to preserve our freedoms. I
encourage you to take the opportunity, particularly on Memorial Day, to remember
those that give the most precious gift, their life, in service to their country.
In 2003, I had the honor to attend the funeral service of a soldier I did not
know but a man that was willing to sacrifice all for me. The magnitude of his
service is something I am still trying to absorb.
Captain Travis Ford, United States Marine Corps, grew up in Ogallala, NE. His
career in the Marines spanned over a decade. He was a respected man by not only
family and friends but also by fellow Marines. He sacrificed his personal
comfort on the battlefield for the well-being of his soldiers. He led from the
front. Captain Ford left behind a wife and a daughter, his mother, four
brothers, and many other family and friends.
During the funeral service, I listened as family and friends spoke of the
character, charisma, commitment, and faith of a proud soldier, brother, husband
and father. The personal comments from family and fellow Marines relayed the
letters and comments from our fallen patriot who believed in the heart of the
Iraqi people and that his mission was a just one. He was proud to be a part of
liberating the citizens of Iraq. Captain Ford gave all when his country called
him to bring freedom to the citizens of Iraq.
"It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work
which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced...that these dead shall
not have died in vain." - From Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
As always feel free to contact me at my Lincoln office either by mail: Sen.
Philip Erdman, District 47, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, NE 68509-4604; by email:
firstname.lastname@example.org; or by phone: (866) 800-7445. I would also encourage
you to look around the site for upcoming meetings and information.