These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.
-- Robert G. Ingersoll
Perform then, this one act of remembrance before this Day passes - remember there is an army of defense and advance that never dies and never surrenders, but is increasingly recruited from the eternal sources of the American spirit and from the generations of American youth. -- W.J. Cameron
That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.
They are dead; but they live in each Patriot's breast
and their names are engraven on honor's bright crest.
-- Henry Longfellow
Spc. Michael L. Gonzalez
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet, not withstanding, go out to meet it.
Memorial Day Tribute 2017
Commemorating the Men and Women Who Died Serving Our Country.
On this Memorial Day, Spotswood honors all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
"Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic."
-- General Logan - May 5, 1868
"If it is considered a holiday, why is it so? I consider it to be a National Day of Mourning. This is how we observe this day in our home. Because of what that day represents, the rest of the days of the year are our holidays."
-- F L Lloyd West Chester, Pa USA - February 26, 2000
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who had been killed in the Korean War.
If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.
Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
Listed as KIA February 7, 1978
"My first major fight came on December 28, 1966. I'd led my platoon into the village of Gia Duc when Viet Cong opened fire. That was a bad day. I earned one of my Bronze Stars there, but that's not what haunts my memory. It's SKIP BAUMANN, a 20-year-old private. He kept getting up to see them and I said, 'Get down!' And God darn it, he got hit. I got him and was holding him. The reason I remember him so well is his last question: 'Am I good soldier?' he asks. I said, 'Hey, you're a great soldier, you're the top. You're Airborne.' And, of course, he passed away."
-- Sgt. Joe Musial (Sgt. Rock)
On Memorial Day we need to stop and pay with sincere conviction
our respects for those who died protecting and preserving the freedoms we enjoy,
for we owe those honored dead more than we can ever repay:
Spotswood Killed in Action:
Spc. Michael Luis Gonzalez - August 28, 2008
Cpl. Dennis Crane - Marine Corps - June 15, 1968
Pfc. Gary Richard Buttenbaum - Marine Corps - May 9, 1967
Pfc. Otto (Skip) William Baumann, Jr. - Army - December 28, 1966
Pfc. James Brooks Heffron - Marine Corps - August 31, 1966
Fireman First Class, Willard O. Clark - Navy - May 28, 1945
Seaman Second Class Reese David Eaton - Navy - October 25, 1942