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Henry Lowndes, CEO of C.T. Lowndes & Company Memorial Day Message


Memorial Day is always a time to remember
those who have given their life
so we could live in freedom.





There are some old stories from the internet that are worthy of repeating on this
Memorial Day.

 
Sometimes we all need a reminder.

v  JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when French President DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible.
Secretary Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?"
DeGaulle did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.

.

v  When in England, at a fairly large conference, Secretary of State Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by President George Bush. He answered by saying, 

"Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.” 

       You could have heard a pin drop.

And my favorite:

v  An elderly American gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

 

"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.

 

The American gentlemen admitted that he had been to France previously.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

"Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!"

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

And in most cemeteries on Memorial Day, you will probably be able hear a pin drop as we pay silent tribute to fallen Americans. 

Henry Lowndes Jr.

  
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