Memorial Day this year falls on May 30, the original date it was meant to be. As it now stands, the holiday to honor our war dead is whatever date the last Monday in May is. This is wrong; this is not a day for retail sales, going to the shore, barbecues or whatever else fills your fancy.
It was meant to be a solemn day set aside to pay tribute to fallen heroes from all our wars and conflicts. This can be done with military parades, decorating veterans’ graves, attending veterans’ services wherever they are held, or any way you please. Just flying the American flag is fine.
Sure, it’s nice to have a day off from work or school – just remember why we live in freedom. Remember our veterans.
I would like to say one more thing. Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 5,800 have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan in defense of this nation. We should think often of these young service members whose lives have been cut short.
Think of their families: grieving parents who have lost their young sons and daughters, little girls who will not have their fathers to walk them down the aisle, young spouses who now have to cope with being widowed long before their time.
The old saying “War is Hell” is very true. Please be grateful for all our veterans, both past and present. America is free because of them.
Avenel VFW Post 7164
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