DALTON, Ga. The men and women who laid down their lives whilefighting inAmericas wars did not fight for themselves, says state Sen. Chuck Payne, R-Dalton.
They fought, and died, for you and me, said Payne, a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division.
Payne delivered the keynote speech Monday at Whitfield Countys Memorial Day Community Celebration. Memorial Day honors the more than 1.1 million men and women who died while serving in the American military.
Only if we understand the cause for which they fought can we truly understand their sacrifice, Payne said. We can only understand what was given when we understand what was gained.
Payne noted that America was founded on the concepts of individual freedom and the rule of law that all men, even the nations rulers, are bound by the same law. Those were the ideals that Americas fighting men and women fought for and that some died for.
That is a cause worth dying for, and its a cause thats just as true today, he said. Freedom must continue to prosper for years to come.
The Memorial Day ceremony took place on the lawn of the Whitfield County courthouse, which is filled on patriotic holidays with flags honoring local ...