Far too many in America have totally lost touch with what it took, and takes, to live in a nation with all the blessings we have. Even the simple freedom to criticize our own government is not a given in many countries, yet here it’s a given, as common as idle sports chatter.
Our freedoms have come with an expensive price tag picked up by many of our fellow Americans. Monday we take time to recognize that debt we owe to hundreds of thousands of young men and women who will never have the chance to grow old.
The Memorial Day ceremony on the north lawn of the Bee County Courthouse will be a big one with the dedication of the Veterans Plaza statue at 1 p.m. Monday. U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa and State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles will be special speakers along with various local dignitaries.
The new bronze statue to be unveiled is of the “battle field” cross — a rifle with a helmet on top supported by a pair of combat boots. The bronze statue was funded with a $11,000 grant from the Beeville Economic Improvement Corp. The Veterans Plaza Committee raised another $5,100 or so to help purchase the statue and accompanying sound system.
Wall-mounted medallions of each branch of the military also will be unveiled Monday, and bricks with the names of Bee County soldiers killed in combat will be dedicated as well.
Let us never forget those who died so that we might live as we do. To forget what they gave puts at risk all that we have.