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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Remembering those who served

  • Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor our fallen soldiers and give thanks to those who have, or continue to, sacrifice for us.
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  • Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor our fallen soldiers and give thanks to those who have, or continue to, sacrifice for us.
    Many Sleepy Eye and area families have deep military roots dating back to World War I. My family too has deep military roots from my great uncles, uncles, brother, my daughter, niece and my nephew and, I am certain many more previous generations of whom I don't even realize.
    It isn't just about their time served whether during peace-keeping times or actual combat, but about the sacrifices they made or are making yet today. A soldier may have served over 20 years of which all of them may have been during peaceful times doesn't mean any less than a soldier who served their four years and got out after a tour overseas.
    There is more meaning to "time served." Sacrifices may have included missed births, missed birthdays, missed anniversaries, missed weddings, missed funerals, missed children's events, missed holidays, missed time from jobs, their homes and many, many more milestones.
    The soldier enters in the the Armed Forces and takes the following soldier's oath:
    I, (name), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
    Soldiers in the Minnesota National Guard (Army or Air)
    I, (name), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Minnesota against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Governor of Minnesota and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to law and regulations. So help me God.
    Let us, do solemnly swear, to never forget the sacrifices these men and women made for us.
    Thought for the week: You may forget with whom you laughed, but you will never forget with whom you wept. – John Travers.
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