Remember sacrifices of troops

Published 8:43 pm Saturday, May 28, 2011

Since its beginnings in the 1800s, Memorial Day has been a day to honor and remember the sacrifice of American service members from all wars, from all branches of service, from all theaters of conflict, of all races and religions.

It is on this day that we remember those who were lost on the battlefield. Some died on American soil, but many died in a foreign country. Some were brought home, but some still lie buried near where they gave that ultimate sacrifice. Many never received a proper burial, and some families still have no idea where their loved one’s final resting place is.

These brave American soldiers are scattered across most of the globe’s continents, while we at home enjoy the freedoms afforded only by their selflessness.

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Over time, Memorial Day has come to mark the unofficial beginning of summer, a day for parades, cookouts and time off from work for most people. Many people will blithely enjoy the day off without a thought to those whom the holiday is intended to honor.

But thoughtful, respectful people will take care to enjoy those freedoms with our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines in the front of their minds and in their prayers. They will fly the American flag proudly and maybe even attend one of several memorial services being held throughout the area.

And they will never forget, on this or any day, what made this country great.