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Posted by Transylvania County on May 31, 2022


Today, we at the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office honor and remember the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to secure the freedoms we all enjoy.  Let us all pause today and pray for the family members left behind by the recently fallen.  Let us thank God for their memory, for their willingness to serve, and for giving their lives for the cause of liberty.  On this Memorial Day, let us remember…

Today, the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are resolved to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we cherish. 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.” – President Ronald Reagan

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle."  - General Norman Schwarzkopf

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." – First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

“If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung."  - President James A. Garfield

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission."  – President John F. Kennedy

“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.” – President Ronald Reagan

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” - Jesus Christ (John 15:13)