Respect and honor are due

Published 12:32 am Sunday, May 25, 2014

By Chris Quilpa

As we observe Memorial Day, I would like to pay respect to those members of the military who lost their lives in defense of our country, fighting for freedom and peace.

Our fallen servicemen will never be forgotten. They will always be in our hearts and minds because of their honorable, proud service and the selfless sacrifices they made for the United States. They paid the ultimate price so we can enjoy and cherish liberty.


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They, along with today’s veterans and active-duty members of the armed forces provide an example of courage and commitment to the next generation. They’re our unsung heroes, ambassadors of goodwill.

As we remember and honor them this Memorial Day, let’s pray for them and reflect on what they have done for our nation. May they rest in peace.


In Loving Memory

With hope and valor

You fought for freedom

Without fear and reservation.

You shed tears and blood

To the end…


Committed to defend your country

You fought decisively,

Struggled hard to win victory,

With so much pain, sacrifice and suffering.


In the service to humanity

You left us a legacy

To cherish and to uphold,

That love for one’s country

Is worth dying for!


Gone but not forgotten

Yet honored today, yesterday, and forever

You, the unsung heroes

The freedom-lovers and -fighters

The peacemakers and peacekeepers

You will always be our ideal and inspiration

For a better life, a world

Where there is love and unity

Peace and brotherhood among humankind.

Chris A. Quilpa, a resident of Suffolk, is a retired U.S. Navy veteran. Visit his blog at onebuddingpoet/ Email him at