'IN YOUR FACE' Time: K-Rod speaks! - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

K-Rod reflects on Memorial Day: Are you worthy?

Posted: Updated:

This past Saturday, I attended a book signing at the Acworth Bookstore which featured 92-year-old Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, who is the last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay-- the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War II.    Dutch was the navigator on that historic mission of August 6, 1965, and he was signing his book, My True Course.

It was an honor just being in the same room with him.  For slowly and surely, these great heroes are passing.   And soon there will be none left to remind us of the sacrifices that made our great nation great.  


K-Rod visits with Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, the last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay, at a book signing in Acworth.


So, in that spirit, I spent part of this Memorial Day walking around Marietta National Cemetery, taking in this day which is set aside to remember those who gave and paid the ultimate price-- gave everything for our country-- FOR US!   We are and will forever be indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.

From a Memorial Day speech delivered by Ronald Reagan (Arlington National Cemetery, May 31, 1982):

"The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we-- in a less final, less heroic way-- be willing to give of ourselves."



Memorial Day observance at Marietta National Cemetery.


As another Memorial Day comes and goes, ask yourself: Is this still the country-- and are you the kind of citizen worthy of that sacrifice?

It matters not to me whether you take up arms.  You can support our servicemen past, current and future by simply being as honorable and courageous as they were-- and continue to be.

As we remember our fallen heroes, we pray that our heroes will never have to die for us again.   But if they must...  I pray that we will honor them with our lives and how we nurture this fragile freedom that they've helped protect.

Again, from Ronald Reagan (Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, March 30, 1961):

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We did not pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

K-ROD

FOLLOW K-ROD ON TWITTER: @KRODFOX5
LIKE HIM ON TWITTER: KEN RODRIGUEZ FOX 5

  • More SportsMore>>

  • Evan Gattis lifts Braves over Marlins after 10th inning walk off homerun

    Evan Gattis lifts Braves over Marlins after 10th inning walk off homerun

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:02 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:02:42 GMT
    The Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins Monday night 4-2 after a walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the tenth inning. After playing a marathon 14 inning game Sunday night the braves played in another extra-innings game the next night. Julio Teheran followed up his complete game shut-out in Philadelphia with another solid pitching effort giving up only one run through seven innings and striking out eight batters. A clutch RBI single by Jason Heyward in the 7th inning put the Brav...
    The Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins Monday night 4-2 after a walk-off two run home run in the bottom of the tenth inning. After playing a marathon 14 inning game Sunday night the braves played in another extra-innings game the next night. Julio Teheran followed up his complete game shut-out in Philadelphia with another solid pitching effort giving up only one run through seven innings and striking out eight batters. A clutch RBI single by Jason Heyward in the 7th inning put the Brav...
  • Chick-Fil-A bowl to add 'Peach' to its name

    Chick-Fil-A bowl to add 'Peach' to its name

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-04-21 23:43:06 GMT
    A big day for college football fans in Atlanta as the Chick-Fil-A bowl will be renamed. Chick-Fil-A made the official announcement Monday that the New Year’s Eve bowl game will be renamed the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. “I think it means a lot to all the people that have worked so many years to make this bowl successful, in tough times when they were outside in cold and freezing weather,” says Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl President Gary Stoikan. “I think it's the heritage that the board decided to p...
    A big day for college football fans in Atlanta as the Chick-Fil-A bowl will be renamed. Chick-Fil-A made the official announcement Monday that the New Year’s Eve bowl game will be renamed the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. “I think it means a lot to all the people that have worked so many years to make this bowl successful, in tough times when they were outside in cold and freezing weather,” says Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl President Gary Stoikan. “I think it's the heritage that the board decided to p...
  • Braves fall to Mets 4-3 after a 14 inning battle

    Braves fall to Mets 4-3 after a 14 inning battle

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:50:43 GMT
    The New York Mets avoided a series sweep by the Atlanta Braves after a 14 inning battle Sunday afternoon. The Mets won after a 14th inning walk-off sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson ended the game 4-3. The Braves gave up a few runs early but used a three run 5th inning to go on top of the Mets. The Mets then scored a run in the 6th inning to tie the game at three. The score would remain tied until the 14th inning when Braves relief pitcher Gus Schlosser took the mound for his fourth straig...
    The New York Mets avoided a series sweep by the Atlanta Braves after a 14 inning battle Sunday afternoon. The Mets won after a 14th inning walk-off sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson ended the game 4-3. The Braves gave up a few runs early but used a three run 5th inning to go on top of the Mets. The Mets then scored a run in the 6th inning to tie the game at three. The score would remain tied until the 14th inning when Braves relief pitcher Gus Schlosser took the mound for his fourth straig...
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices