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Ingalls: They gave their lives

Sen. Russ Ingalls in Gardner Memorial Park, Newport yesterday

Sen. Russ Ingalls (R-Essex/Orleans) delivered this Memorial Day address yesterday.

I stand before you today for one reason only. It isn’t because I wanted you to hear me speak. I stand before you not because it’s a beautiful day. I stand before you not because spring is here and that the flowers are beautiful and the grass, green.

No, I stand before you to honor those who couldn’t be here today themselves. It’s not that they didn’t want to be here. It’s not because we didn’t want them to be here. They couldn’t be here because they gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives.

They gave their lives in defense of this great country, the United States of America. They gave their lives so that this collection of 50 states could carry on with the novel idea that citizens would govern themselves. They gave their lives to defend us, the country that believes that all men and women are created equal. They gave their lives so that we could be free as a nation and stay the beacon of hope for the rest of the world.

We come here together, to join in memorial of those who have fallen; every year, we come, the last Monday of May. We come here as citizens from all walks of life. mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, young and old. And for those who wore the uniform that are still with us, for those who have lost their friends in far off lands and despaired for them and always hoped that there loss would never be forgotten, we stand on this last Monday in May in remembrance and gratitude for your sacrifices and theirs.

And when we have passed, in our place will stand others who will never forget about those that couldn’t be here today. My Country ’tis of thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, of thee I sing; Land where my Fathers died, land of the Pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.

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  1. May the Lord continue to bless this one nation, under God, and keep it indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all, and to this end, may God bless those that serve, without whom this country could not exist.

  2. Thank you Senator Russ Ingalls for honoring our Heroes who have defended and are defending this Nation. It is true that America is an amazing country with Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness because of the brave soldiers who have gone before us and continuing today to defend this great Nation. It is also up to each of us to stand-up in each community to keep America Free for All. Freedom is not just a one-time generation moment, it must be handed down to each generation. The children today is the next generation to keep America Free. It is our duty as citizens to carry on the American Values, tell the true History of this Nation and keep Freedom alive. We must always be prepared to fight for these values. Above all, it is important to remember that America was founded on Christian Values. If a Nation does not acknowledge God it will face wrath, of which we are seeing today. We cannot let this continue to happen, no Not to America! It is the only country in the world that has these Freedoms! Liberty is from God not men.

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