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Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day message from ADVA Commissioner Clyde Marsh

Memorial Day is the most sacred of our veterans’ honors, ceremonies and traditions. Cemeteries all over the world serve as the final resting place for countless numbers of our fallen comrades, veterans and heroes.

As a Nation, we must never forget the men and women who fought, bled and died for us, long before us, and along beside us. It is a sacred day that pays tribute to our war dead and causes our Nation to pause in remembrance of our fallen. There is no greater sacrifice than to give up the full measure of one’s life for honor, duty and country.

On this solemn occasion, please pause to remember those war veterans and heroes who did not come home to the American dream to enjoy longevity in pursuit of the life, liberty and freedoms they fought so valiantly for and won.

Our country is truly the home of the free because of the brave.

W. Clyde Marsh

Commissioner

Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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