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Your Views: Memorial Day event in Walworth County park was truly inspiring

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June 1, 2014

For the 2014 Memorial Day celebration, Veterans Park of Walworth County was the place to be. The parade, dignitaries, fire and ambulance trucks, marching band and jazz choir set the patriotic mood. It was electrifying.

Walworth County Undersheriff Kurt Picknell, the guest speaker, eloquently and clearly echoed my own Memorial Day sentiments. His words “spoke from my heart,” while hundreds looked on in silent awe, reflecting on the meaning of why we gathered, as Americans before us have done for hundreds of years: to honor those who served and fallen heroes who gave their lives in America’s great wars!

I don’t recall feeling so patriotic, so grateful and so American as I did this Memorial Day weekend. Reverence welled in my heart while the band played the “Star-Spangled banner,” while the jazz choir sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” while the color guard stood in silent attention, and while the rifle salute and bugle taps ended the ceremony in solemn, reverent patriotism!

 Leaving the park, I felt especially uplifted by Picknell’s  oration, echoing throughout the afternoon. It sparked memories of the famous poet John McCrae, who in May 1915 wrote:

 “In Flanders fields the poppies blow

“Between the crosses, row on row,

“That mark our place: and in the sky

“The larks, still bravely sing, fly

“Scarce heard amidst the guns below. …”

Again, this Memorial Day, I went to Veterans Park to honor all who served and our fallen heroes, and I stayed for the inspiration!

LEO SCHNEIDER

Elkhorn



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