Memorial Day Speech: Fallen American Soldier

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Alex Leviev
May 11, 2016
Memorial Day Speech
ELA 8

The Fallen American Soldier

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” President John F. Kennedy said this to refer to today, when we remember and honor the American Soldiers, ordinary men and women, who died while in military service. It is fitting that our nation chooses the last Monday in May as Memorial Day. This day marks the beginning of summer, and what could be a more fitting tribute to men and women who died in service to their country than the day that gives birth to a season filled with warmth and life? Memorial Day is not to be a day of mourning, but a day of reverent celebration. We honor all those who served for our country to protect our nation. Since 1846, when the people of Waterloo, New York brought their flags to half mast and decorated their village to remember the Soldiers who died during the Civil War, our nation has paid tribute to those lives of all service men and women who have fallen in the line of duty.
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General John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be honored on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. And since 1948, Arlington National Cemetery has decorated each of its graves with our nation’s flag. The graves at Arlington and at countless cemeteries worldwide remind us that freedom is not free. It has a cost. The Soldiers resting there lived supporting the lives and the values that create the backbone of our nation. Their lives were dedicated not to conflict or death but to compassion and to

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