Memorial Day

Posted - May 31, 2004 at 10:30 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

"Those people who are not governed by God will be ruled by tyrants."

William Penn, the founder of the state of Pennsylvania, stated this truth nearly 300 years ago. He, like our founding fathers, knew what many of us have forgotten today — the divine order in man enables him to be free.

It is appropriate to think about these immortal words of William Penn on this special holiday. Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy. We honor this day in remembrance of the thousands who have given their lives so that you and I can enjoy life more abundantly.

Today we'll see many flags flying in front of homes and businesses. Patriotism is on display; yet some harbor feelings that we shouldn't be proud, that we shouldn't express love of country and that we shouldn't display the emblem of our country.

It is difficult for me to understand the notion that our flag, our country and the feeling of patriotism are seen as somewhat "controversial." I guess I was born and raised in an era that makes this feeling difficult to accept.

I had just turned nine years old when the attack came on Pearl Harbor. I recall with great clarity watching the newsreels during World War II and joining with everyone in the theatre in robust, rousing applause as the American flag was shown. I remember seeing my elders with tears in their eyes as they looked upon our country's emblem. I recall how we sang with gusto the words of the Star Spangled Banner and how we wept without shame as Kate Smith sang "America."

Yes, we loved our country. We supported our leaders. We prayed for those serving in the military. We saluted, applauded, sustained and loved our flag.

These supposed old-fashioned virtues should not be passe. On this Memorial Day, let us be proud, protective and thankful that we have the opportunity of living in this, the choicest of all lands.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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