Mayor Richard M. Daley paid tribute to our nation’s military and the memory of soldiers who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed forces during a wreath laying ceremony at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street.
The ceremony began with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the eternal flame on Daley Plaza.
In Chicago and across the country, Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor soldiers who have served in times of peace as well as in times of war. It’s a day that reminds the entire nation of the sacrifices that have been made so that all residents of America can enjoy our country’s many freedoms, the Mayor said.
The theme of the 2010 Chicago Memorial Day Parade, one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation, is “Honoring our Military Families”.
“There is no higher honor that one can give to their country than to serve in the various branches of our armed forces. Our military needs our support now as never before. That’s why it’s so important to have events where we honor their service. They need to know that this country stands behind its military,” Daley said.
The Mayor urged all residents to keep the memory of fallen soldiers in their hearts and prayers and to look to the future by reminding our children of the sacrifices that the men and women of the military have made so all Americans can live in peace and enjoy the freedoms they are accustomed to.
“Although this is a solemn moment that allows us to reflect on the past,
we must also look to the future. A future that allows our children, our grandchildren and the generations who will live beyond us to be safe and free to live in a democracy,” added the Mayor.
“This country’s greatness can be found in the memories of the members of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, National Guard and other branches of the military who go into harm’s way at a moment’s notice without hesitation,” he said.
“The level of devotion to the principles of democracy and freedom on which our country was founded that these brave men and women fought and died for should inspire every one of us,” Daley said.