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Posted by Transylvania County on June 1, 2021

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…

“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

“The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  - President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address

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

“For love of country, they accepted death.”  - President James A. Garfield

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