Against a backdrop of stars and stripes waving in the gusty Kansas wind, communities across the county celebrated Memorial Day by honoring those who died serving their country.


Against a backdrop of stars and stripes waving in the gusty Kansas wind, communities across the county celebrated Memorial Day by honoring those who died serving their country.
Keynote speaker for the McPherson and New Gottland ceremonies Dan Hervey emphasized the importance of honoring and remembering the fallen.
“While it is nice to decorate the graves of all of our loved ones I’m afraid that we aren’t teaching our children and grandchildren the real reason for Memorial Day. It may be the unofficial beginning of summer---but it is not about beaches, picnics, or auto races. It is a day to remember our deceased veterans,” Hervey said.
Hervey, who is a Navy veteran and chairman of the McPherson Area Veterans Committee, spoke about sacrafices today’s soliders have and continue to make to keep the U.S. safe from terrorists and others that want to see the country and its leaders destroyed. Hervey praised the work of the Navy Seals and the country’s continued efforts to establish and restore peace and democrary throughout the world.
“We do not need to apologize for being a super power or a wealthy nation.  After all it was the American taxpayer footing the bill to save Europe.  We confronted evil in Germany, Japan, and most recently in the middle-east. I am extremely proud of the U.S. Navy Seals for taking out Osama Bin Ladin and the way they handled the Somali pirates a while back.  Our men and women in uniform do a great job keeping evil in its cage when given the directives and resources to do so,” he said.    
America has experienced a resurgance in patriotism since 9/11 and it’s important Hervey said that we remember veterans of all ages and from all conflicts. Today there remains thousands of soldiers fighting for the nation’s freedom and safety in Afghanistan and Iraq and Hervey said, the U.S. cannot let the patriotic fire that was relit nearly 10 years die. The country must continue to support its current soldiers and past veterans.
“And don’t forget to keep our active duty troops and their families in our prayers.  And finally as we look back 10 years ago---let us keep the patriotism alive that was rekindled with 9-11,” he said.