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Curtis Hendel


A Day to Remember

Another Memorial Day is upon us, and it is time to stop and remember all of those who have served this great country and have passed on. Many of those gave their lives in the Ultimate Sacrifice, dying while fighting to preserve our freedoms and our way of life. Again this year we have families mourning the loss of young men and women who have died fighting in the War on Terrorism. They gave their lives as so many before them, fighting for what they believe is right and for each and every one of us.

Throughout the last one hundred years, members of our military have gone to the far ends of the earth to fight tyrants, ideals, and terrorists. Battles and places with names that ring on with some; the Argonne Forest, Normandy, Iwo Jima, the Chosin Reservoir, the Ia Drang Valley, just to name a few. Soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines came from all walks to life to put on that uniform, take up arms, and look death in the eye. All of these service members from all of the conflicts were equally important and went into harm's way for the future of their families and ours.

The least that we, as Americans can do is take a short respite from our busy lives to remember those who have gone before and those who are serving now. There are many controversies raging this year with the pending election and the continuing war. Memorial Day is a day to put those feelings aside and realize that those men and women this day is meant to honor earned all of the freedoms that we have in our lives for us.

So on this Memorial Day, before the grilling or boating, the camping or the park, take a few minutes to either attend a Memorial Day service or just walk through a cemetery and look for the markers by the headstones. These markers do not tell the story of the person beneath them, but they do let you know a little of whom they were. Give your respects to those who served and the families that are still here and attend those services each year. As the 60th anniversary of the Normandy invasion approaches, the sacrifices of the veterans of World War II and the Korean War are fading in history. It has even been three decades since the Vietnam War, which is still fresh in some people's minds. Check your newspapers for the times of the Memorial Services and see if you can cut the time to go, those that regularly attend the services and the Legion members that conduct them will be appreciative to see a crowd.

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