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Monday, May 30, 2005

How we honor our dead on Memorial Day 2005 ......

On this Memorial Day how can anyone look at the names and pictures of over 1600 individuals who have died in Iraq, and say it was a worthwhile cause for which they lost their lives. Futures so promising lost. Families torn apart. Future service to their country, their community, and their families, which will never take place. How can we ever honor them for their willingness to make these sacrifices?

We can say a prayer for each one who was a part of the fabric that binds us all together. We can comfort the wives, children, parents, fiances, girlfriends, and so many others who will miss them for the rest of their lives. And we can never forget.

But most of all, we can make their lives count in ways that will contribute to our well-being far into the future. We can demand that our government, and its leaders who made decisions that led to war, make a full disclosure of all the information it used to support the decision to invade Iraq.

If there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and our leaders knew this, then they lied to not only Congress, but the American people. If they lied about trying to make diplomacy through the United Nations the top priority before making the decision to go to war, then they were dishonest with us all.

If they lied to go to war, then we owe those who have died, and those who continue to serve, to uphold the freedom of our democracy ensured by constitutional law by holding those accountable for their actions.

We do that by finding the truth, and exposing the truth for all to see, no matter how painful it may be.

This is how we honor the dead. We pray for them and the great loss to us all. And we mean it when we say "never again." And we keep our promise to the fallen by doing our duty, which is hold those accountable who misused their power and authority. A government based upon freedom, liberty, and democracy, established by a constitution which ensures all of these, requires nothing less.

They died for this. We must live for this.

That is how we honor our dead on this Memorial Day 2005.

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