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Letter to the editor: 'Tribute to Those Who Serve' will celebrate Memorial Day

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

As we approach the first holiday of the coming summer season, it is a time that most of us plan to spend with our families and friends, enjoying an extra day off work for cookouts, sporting events such as the Indy 500, baseball games or time at the lake.

This holiday, which is known as Memorial Day, should serve as a time for us to reflect back on the sacrifices that it took to make this day possible.

Memorial Day, originally called Declaration Day, is a day of remembrance to honor those who have died in our nation’s service. It is important, therefore, for us to take the time during this weekend to honor those who helped to make this nation what is, and to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to make and keep this nation free.

We need to remind ourselves, and our youth, of what it took to make America the nation it is today. This was the original purpose of this patriotic holiday, but we have let the true meaning slip into a time of fun and personal enjoyment, forgetting the rich meaning of the day.

There are those today who are continuing to give the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the traditions of our Constitution and the American Dream. Many of them are our friends, neighbors, fellow workers and relatives who serve our nation in the armed forces.

We cannot allow ourselves, or our future generations, or those we as a nation have fought so hard to protect in past wars around the world, to forget that freedom isn’t free.

Take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to reflect on the real meaning of this day. Attend an event that salutes the purpose of this day, and spend time talking with your children about its importance.

If we forget the past we will have no path into the future. One such event will be “A Tribute to Those Who Serve” on May 25 that will be held at Parkview Regional Medical Center Family Park near I-69 and Dupont Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Emery McClendon

A Tribute to Those Who Serve

www.armad.net