Two Important Days In May

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Armed Forces Day (May 15) is always the third Saturday in May, I just don’t think it gets the notoriety it deserves. It does in the veteran community, but that’s about it.

I can remember growing up in Perth Amboy in the 50s and early 60s when there was always a big parade. I remember one in particular held in the evening; it instilled a patriotic pride in all of us.

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It’s a shame there are no events in our area to acknowledge this day any more, so if you can, at least fly your American flag to honor all our military, both past and present.

Memorial Day (May 31) is of course a popular day (if popular is the right word) but for many — too many — the reasons are wrong. It’s a holiday from work and school, but I wonder how many even know the meaning of the day. They cook their barbecues in their backyards and go to the mall for sales. Plain and simple here it is: it’s a solemn day to pay tribute to all our men and women who ever wore the uniform of the United States military, and died for our country and our freedom.

It’s the ultimate sacrifice one can give for our country, and let’s not forget the families of these fallen heroes, they live with this burden of sacrifice all their lives.

There are 23 million veterans living in America today, surely everyone knows at least one. Many have seen the horrors of war and should be honored along with those no longer with us.

Let us not forget we are still at war, winding down in Iraq, but heating up in Afghanistan. Please support and pray for their safe return, and do something worthy this Memorial Day.

Jerry Noonan
Avenel VFW Post 7164
Public Relations Officer


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