America’s strength lies in every person willing to give their life
What is it about the American people that is unique?
Several things, said Harrison Superior Court Judge Roger Davis at a Memorial Day program Saturday at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand in Corydon. He said America is:
A place of freedom;
A place of a new kind of government;
A place where the people choose their leaders;
A place where people have rights the government must respect.
“These concepts, these ideas are so powerful,” the judge said, “that we will die for them.” That has happened many times in our history, he said, citing the Revolutionary War, fought to get rid of rule by a tyrannical king; the Civil War, fought to save the union and abolish slavery, and World War II, fought to save the world from fascism, Nazism and totalitarianism.
“Now we have taken up arms in our defense as a result of a vicious attack on our people and our country,” said Davis, himself a veteran, an Army paratrooper who served from 1972 to 1975, which included a tour with the Military Training Mission in Saudi Arabia. Davis said the U.S. “will find those enemies and punish them, in whatever place they hide.”
He said the Al Qaeda attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon would never be successful because “our real strength is in every man and woman willing to lay down their lives for this great country, for this great cause,” including self-government, freedom and liberty.
The courthouse lawn behind the First State Capitol was covered with perfect lines of little white crosses, each bearing the name of a Harrison County serviceman who gave his life in wartime for his country. Each metal cross was recently sandblasted and newly restenciled by the Corydon VFW Post 2950. It was the first time the crosses have been used since 1976, said Harrison County Veterans Service Officer Ernest Emily.
VFW Commander Ed Simon said 36 Harrison County servicemen lost their lives in World War I, 69 in World War II, nine in Korea, and six in Vietnam.
As each name was read, Linda M. Lynch of Leavenworth and Patricia Doolin of Palmyra, both members of the VFW Auxiliary, placed poppy wreaths on the crosses.
Simon presided at the ceremony, held in spectacular sunshiney weather. Post chaplain Harold Fisher offered an eloquent invocation and benediction, and Jill Robertson sang the “National Anthem” beautifully.
An estimated 100 people attended the veterans’ program.