Why do we celebrate Memorial Day? For us at Santa Rita Ranch, the meaning of Memorial Day extends far one weekend each year. Our goal is to show our gratitude and thanks to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and each and every resident event.
To honor our veterans and first responders, Santa Rita Ranch developer Ed Horne shared a thoughtful message on the true meaning of Memorial Day.
“I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world. The United States is a shining beacon of freedom in this world
This Memorial Day we honor the over 1 million men and women that have given their lives in service to this nation. It is a somber day of remembrance.
The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we—in a less final, less heroic way—be willing to give of ourselves.
We are determined to achieve an enduring peace—a peace with liberty and with honor. This determination, this resolve, is the highest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our Nation.We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.
Ronald Reagan once said:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
What does Freedom mean to you and me?
Let us take this time to thank those that were called to serve to give their lives for this freedom. They were willing to die for it.
If you served in the military, you know it was about God and Country.
Thank all of your for taking your time to spend to remember those that gave the final sacrifice for your freedom.”