Our referrals continue to be one of the best ways clients find us, and we deeply appreciate it! for your trust and confidence. Thank you Growing up without a dad was very difficult, as I’m sure some of you have experienced. He was not around when I played sports in high school, graduated high school, finished law school, or was sworn in as an attorney. He will not be there when I get married or attend the birth of his first grandchild. I know the reality of losing a parent and someone I love, because he was taken far too soon. Although he did not lose his life in battle, my dad served this country honorably for many years. He was Superman to his little boy. There is not a day that goes by when I do not think of him. I wonder if I am living up to his expectations. Am I making him proud? What would he tell me now? Far too many of us go through these questions. However, I take O ne item proudly displayed in my office is a pewter statue depicting a U.S. Army drill sergeant standing at ease. It belonged to my father, Sam Fleschner, and I keep it nearby as a daily reminder of my dad. Unfortunately, my dad passed away when I was a freshman in high school. As a child, I would ask to wear his drill sergeant hat. It was always too big to fit on my small head, but I wore it with pride and got to tell people my dad was in the army. The values he learned while in the service — to fight and move forward even when the odds are stacked against you — he instilled in me at a young age. Duty, honor, and country were words my dad lived by, and I still live by them.
pride in the legacy that my dad left and how it lives on through me. This month, we celebrate a holiday for remembering the people who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Only a small fraction of Americans serve or have served in the military, but there are emotional reminders everywhere you look.
Americans all over this country will be going to parades, and young boys and girls will sit and wave their flags. Families will have cookouts or spend the day at the beach. Memorial Day is a day to be with family and to remember. As President Reagan said, “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children.” To me, Memorial Day is the pewter statue in my office. To others, it is placing flags on graves. I encourage everyone this Memorial Day to find their “statue.” Take a moment to honor the sacrifice made by many so you and I could live in this great country. To those who are reading this who have lost loved ones who served, I know there are no words I can say that will help express my condolences or my appreciation for the sacrifice they gave to protect my freedom. I will end with these words written by President Lincoln to a mother who lost five sons in the Civil War: “I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”
Caleb Fleschner Attorney
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