Jasper — White Springs Mayor Helen Miller welcomed residents to the town's annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 25, at 10 a.m. School board member Johnny Bullard led the assembled in singing the National Anthem on a beautiful morning at Memorial Park on U.S 41.
Miller delivered President Obama's Memorial Day Proclamation, calling on Americans to “never forget” the service and sacrifices of U.S. military members in defense of the nation and to “pray for and hold close the families of the fallen.”
The president's proclamation reads as follows: “Constant in the American narrative is the story of men and women who loved our country so deeply they were willing to give their all to keep it safe and free. When a revolution needed to be won and our Union needed to be preserved, brave patriots stepped forward. When our harbor was bombed, and our country was attacked on a clear September morning, courageous warriors raised their hands and said, “Send me.”
“On the last Monday of each May, our Nation comes together to honor the selfless heroes who have defended the land we love, and in so doing, gave their last full measure of devotion. Today, we pause to remember our fallen heroes, to mourn their loss, and to pray for their loved ones. Though our hearts ache, we find a measure of solace in knowing their legacy lives on in the families our heroes left behind - proud parents who instilled in their sons and daughters the values that led them to serve; the remarkable spouses who gave our Nation the person they cherished most in the world; and the beautiful children who will grow up with the knowledge that their mother or father embodied the true meaning of patriotism. To those we lost, we owe a profound debt that can never be fully repaid.”