Editorial

Memorial Day should be more than a day off

Friday, May 26, 2023

We hope youíll take time to attend your local Memorial Day service on Monday, and that you wonít be in a hurry to get back to the lake or home for the barbecue.

Yes, Memorial Day is a day to pay tribute to and remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. By commemorating Memorial Day, we can show our respect and gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the nationís freedoms and values.

Stroll thoughtfully around Memorial Park and Riverview cemeteries youíll find the graves, decorated with American flags, of veterans of both sides of the Civil War and conflicts all the way up to the War on Terrorism.

Chances are, some of them are your friends or relatives. Memorial Day is a good way to honor and remember these local heroes, ensuring that their sacrifices are not forgotten.

Originally ďDecoration Day,Ē Memorial Day dates back to the aftermath of the Civil War and is an important way to contribute to preserving and upholding the historical significance of Memorial Day and its importance in American culture.

Sadly, we wonít see some of our old friends at the service, but itís a great time to touch base with those who do ó especially heartwarming in these post-pandemic times.

Memorial Day and the Fourth of July provide an opportunity for people to connect with one another, share stories, and support families who have lost loved ones in service.

And donít forget to take your younger family members along. Memorial Day serves as an educational opportunity to teach younger generations about the sacrifices made by military personnel. Memorial Day and other community events like Heritage Days parades, ceremonies, or educational programs, can help instill a sense of patriotism and a deep appreciation for the countryís history and the sacrifices made to protect it.

Letís enjoy the traditional opening day of summer, but letís do our best to take time to remember the fallen, preserve historical traditions, foster unity, and educate future generations about the importance of military service and sacrifice.

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  • Yes, Completely agree since "Freedom Is Not Free" and it will never be so.

    -- Posted by dameister on Sat, May 27, 2023, at 11:47 AM
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