Freedom is anything but free

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By Geoff Davis

For many Americans, Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer.  But, more importantly, Memorial Day is a day for us to remember and give thanks to all those who have given their lives in service to our nation and to preserve the freedom we enjoy. 

As a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, I am especially mindful this Memorial Day of our troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, around the world and here at home. 

Memorial Day is also a time to show our appreciation to all the veterans who have answered the call to serve our nation.  Every veteran is a hero for their willingness to give their life in the service and protection of others.

There are a number of ways that you can show your appreciation and support for our troops.  The Fourth District Website includes a Support Our Troops section where you can read and learn about national organizations and local communities within the Fourth District that are paying tribute to our nation’s heroes and how to get involved in a variety ways.

You can also show your support for the troops and honor the fallen on Memorial Day by attending any number of parades and events across Kentucky. 

I will be attending the City of Walton’s Memorial Day Celebration at the Walton Cemetery and Veterans Memorial at 9:30 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the City of Florence will have its annual Memorial Day Program at the Boone County Veterans Memorial at the Florence Government Center.  They will unveil the newest monument honoring the POW/MIA soldier.

At the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown, the Grant County Veterans Honor Guard will present and retire colors and AMVETS Department of Kentucky will place wreaths at 1:00 p.m.  For more information, please call (859) 823-0720.

The Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County will hold its first ever Memorial Day ceremony on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The keynote speaker will be Retired Lieutenant Colonel Jim Royster and there will be a wreath laying ceremony by the Greenup County High School Junior ROTC.  For more information, please call (606) 929-5354.
These are just a few of the events taking place across the Fourth District.  To find an event in your county, please contact your local elected officials, veterans’ organization, chamber of commerce, one of my offices in Kentucky or visit veterans.ky.gov/2011memdayevents.htm, for more information.

However you choose to honor this Memorial Day, please take a few moments to recognize and remember those who have given their lives to protect America. 

To learn more about how my office can help service members and veterans, contact my Fort Mitchell District Office at (859) 426-0080 or visit http://geoffdavis.house.gov/help/.