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Memorial Day Thought

Honoring an Oath with Their Lives

Sun, 26 May 13  
 Admiral Papp

Last week I had the privilege to visit the National Archives and view the original Declaration of Independence. I was also able to read the original United States Constitution, the document that is the foundation of our great Nation. It was a reminder of why we serve, but it was also a reminder of the sacrifices so many have been called to make since it was first signed almost 226 years ago. In donning the cloth of our nation, we all swear to support and defend this charter of freedom, and bear true faith and allegiance to the principles it contains. It is on this Memorial Day that we remember those who have honored that oath with the sacred treasure of their lives.

Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard