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May 24, 2013

JACKIE DAVIS: Honoring the Heroes of Memorial Day

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The establishment of an official day of remembrance spoke to this national need to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice of life. Memorial Day observances eventually grew during the 20th century to honor all Americans who died in military service, and flags are placed on the graves of each veteran to this day.

As the proud sister of Army Major Michael E. Johnson and Navy Chief William E. Johnson Jr. (retired) I believe it is very important to acknowledge those living military heroes among us while honoring those who have fallen. Without them, our nation could not exist in the safety and freedom it now enjoys.

We don’t have a perfect nation, but we do have a wonderful one, and I pray we will continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty — now and always. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” — Psalm 33:12

I’ll close with the 4th verse of our national anthem, and wish everyone a happy Memorial Day!

“Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”

And the Star - Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

— The Star Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key, 1814

Jackie Davis is an Inspirational Vocalist, Musician and Speaker with over twenty years of television broadcast experience. Her column appears on the first, third and fifth Friday of the month. You can contact her at jjd.22344@yahoo.com.

Jackie Davis is an Inspirational Vocalist, Musician and Speaker with over twenty years of television broadcast experience. Her column appears on the first, third and fifth Friday of the month. You can contact her at jjd.22344@yahoo.com.

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