As we head into Independence Day 2010, I want to thank the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council (DAWVC), which allowed the city of Dearborn to hold one of the most moving and patriotic events that we’ve seen for some time in Dearborn, or anywhere else, for that matter.
This year’s Memorial Day Parade was a tremendous success; but, it also reminded me and others whom I have spoken with, about what is to be a soldier and an American: respect for sacrifice and honoring all who serve and advance our nation’s values – whether it be on the battlefield or not.
I think we all can agree that the American soldier has borne a special degree of sacrifice over our national history in defense of these values. Our Memorial Day Parade here in Dearborn – along with our Flag Day and Fourth of July observances – never fails to demonstrate our gratitude for the soldier’s sacrifice and dedication.
Dearborn’s caisson ceremony – a first-of-a-kind ceremony held for a Memorial Day Parade – that kicked off the parade personally moved me and my family greatly. Since the day of the parade, the Dearborn DAWVC has received requests from other veterans’ organizations asking to borrow the caisson for similar events in their own hometowns.
On this Independence Day and every day, what we do here in Dearborn to honor duty and country, makes me proud to be an American and a Dearbornite.
Thank you again to the DAWVC and all veterans for what you have done, continue to do and will do in the future to keep American families safe in their hometowns.
(Donations can be made to the D.A.W.V.C., 3001 S. Telegraph, Dearborn, MI, 48124.)
Thomas P. Tafelski
City of Dearborn