Fort A.P. Hill commander featured speaker at local Memorial Day observance
May 27, 2013
BOWLING GREEN, Va. - U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle was the featured speaker at the Memorial Day observance here on May 27.
Speaking to the more than 100 people who attended, Dargle called on them to remember why Memorial Day exisits.
"Memorial Day is the day we pay our respect to those who, in Abraham Lincoln's words, gave their last full measure of devotion in the defense of our Nation," Dargle said.
Dargle said that it is important to remember the sacrifices Veterans have made not just on Memorial Day but every day.
"When their country needed them, they responded, without question, without complaint," he said.
Dargle closed with a quote from President John F. Kennedy.
"President Kennedy once said 'A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.'
"Today we honor, remember and recognize those who gave their last full measure of devotion so that we may enjoy the blessings of liberty," Dargle said. "Let their sacrifice serve as a beacon to guide us, to encourage our trust in each other, and to continue to believe in the greatness of our Nation."
Follwowing his remark, Dargle joined Veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam in laying wreaths at the town's Veterans monument.