Amelia Island holly

Amelia Island holly
Amelia sand dune

Saturday, May 25, 2013


It is a weekend where it is so easy to forget the sacrifice made by so many that we may freely walk our streets and gather and speak without fear.  It is a weekend to remember, too, that those freedoms, so dearly bought, must constantly be cherished and guarded. 

 A few years ago I gathered with my family at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.  It was a beautiful day like today here on the Island.  We noticed many, many elderly veterans of World War II proudly wearing their caps.  They made their way on canes, helping each other with a supporting arm or in wheelchairs.  My only regret is that that day I did not stop and thank each and every one of them.  I have begun to thank our men and women in uniform wherever I meet them.  A year or two ago one of our young men came home to Amelia to be laid to rest.  Many of us lined the street to honor sacrifice so recently made.  The worst thing would be to forget. Vigilance is our duty and to remember that all is

                                                 dearly bought......

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