Mayor Don Wesely’s prepared remarks for Monday’s Memorial Day ceremonies at 9 a.m. at Wyuka Cemetery include the following:
"After the events of September 11th, we have new heroes to honor. In addition to those in military uniforms, we also honor those who put their lives on the line in our law enforcement and fire departments. These brave public servants have always been on the front lines here at home, battling crime and disaster and keeping our families and communities safe.
"On September 11th, the violence of war erupted on our own soil. ‘Homeland defense’ no longer means protecting just our borders -- it also means protecting us where we live and work.
"Our law enforcement officers and firefighters have responded to this new challenge. Many lost their lives in the terror of September 11th, and many continue to risk their lives to keep us safe.
"Today, as we fly our flags proudly and visit our loved ones at cemeteries, we remember all our nation’s soldiers -- those who have died in wars past, those serving now in the turmoil in Afghanistan and those who wear our local police and fire uniforms. We also honor their families for their sacrifices and bravery."