As you look at this memorial park, you’ll see many different textures, including granite, steel, rock, concrete and grass. Each of these textures offers its own particular component to the memorial. Granite with its unyielding firmness and endurance. Reinforced concrete with its ruggedness and the grass that adds a softness that tends to surround the power generating from this place. You’ll also notice the American and POW/MIA flags flying above it.
All of these characteristics can be said of the American veteran. An unyielding firmness and endurance to the end of the mission. A firm strength and steadfastness. A ruggedness to finish the mission as assigned. But along with all of that goes softness, like this grass, to realize that there are moments that command a sympathy and sensitivity to a brother or sister who needs support when the battles get overwhelming. The POW/MIA flag represents those who were held prisoners of war and those still missing in action. Our American flag flies above it all to represent our freedom. Today we make our Founding Fathers and those who have gone before us proud.
Our liberties and values stand safe today because of the brave men and women who have been ready to face the fire. We thank God for each and every one of them.
There is a closeness we can all feel at this sacred place. Whether you’re related to someone whose name is placed here in granite or not; you can share in the kinship of being an American citizen. We are surrounded by the spirits of those who have served our country. Those who have sacrificed so much for the freedom we enjoy today.