Remember those who are lost in service every day
US Coast Guard veteran Darin Bibeau understood that a quote from a famous US Army general summed up what Memorial Day means to him.
“Legendary General George S. Patton once said: ‘It is foolish and unfair to mourn the men who have died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived, ”said Bibeau. “General Patton was absolutely right.
Bibeau, a resident of Carmel, gave the keynote address at the Town of Carmel Remembrance Day ceremony on May 28 at the Tarkington Center for the Performing Arts.
“Memorial Day is a day not only to remember, but to celebrate and honor those who are no longer with us,” said Bibeau. “In my years of service, none of my siblings ever wanted to be mourned. This is not the reason why we joined the army. I am proud to have honored eight years of active service.
Bibeau said he has been deployed to many countries around the world, often celebrating Memorial Day on foreign soil.
Bibeau said the reason Americans can enjoy cooked meals and the Indianapolis 500 is because of the service members.
“We must remember the sacrifices they made in honor of our beloved country,” said Bibeau.
Bibeau said he personally celebrates many people, including family and friends.
“A family member lost in war should never be forgotten,” Bibeau said. “Today is the time when we remember those men and women who helped us free ourselves and who did not return home. We remember their accomplishments, their courage and their dedication. Although we have this day aside, let’s keep in mind that we have to do it every day. “
Bibeau encouraged audience members to volunteer with the VFW or the American Legion, thank a veteran, or listen to their stories.
US Representative Victoria Spartz, a Republican from the 5th District of Indiana, said she wanted to “express my deep gratitude and gratitude to all the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice. I would also like to thank all current servicemen and veterans for what you do and have done to keep our republic free and strong.