Memorial Day - a time for reflection

The Belmond-Klemme High School choir and band provided a musical tribute at Memorial Day services at Klemme.

Rebecca Peter | The Leader

KLEMME – “Memorial Day is important - not because people get a three-day weekend or get to be with family and friends. It’s important because of what Memorial Day is all about,” said State Representative Terry Baxter. Baxter was the  keynote speaker for Memorial Day services at Klemme.

“Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor all great men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice to purchase our freedom and defend our nation.”

He cited statistics of those who were killed in action during various wars and conflicts.

 “Which drives home the point that freedom is not free,” he said. There’s a price to be paid.”

Baxter gave a brief history of Memorial Day. Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day became an official holiday in the United States in 1967.

Over time, Memorial Day holiday became a time to reconnect with family heritage. “For a culture and society like ours that is a death denying culture  - a death denying society - it is appropriate to set aside one day to stop and remember our own mortality.”

Memorial Day is a time to ask three universal questions that have been asked throughout recorded history:

Where did we come from?

What is the purpose of life?

What happens after death?

“I believe the Bible has the answer to those questions,” he said.

Read the complete story in the June 5 Leader.