OUR VIEW: Remember the courage, honor our fallen heroes on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to remember the courage of the servicemen and servicewomen who fought and died for our freedom, and the freedom enjoyed by others around the globe.

During the past 10 years, too many local families have been touched by the cruel toll of war. They know what Memorial Day is about because they are reminded of the loss of a loved one every day. That pain never subsides.

For others, though, war is an experience we’ve read about in history books or learned about through television or documentaries. We fail to reflect on the sacrifices marked through this annual commemoration because that loss has never impacted our family.

But we must never forget the sacrifices of so many.

Memorial Day – originally called Decoration Day – was enacted following the Civil War to commemorate the Union soldiers who had fallen during the rebellion. After the First World War, the day was expanded to include casualties of all wars.

We are fortunate that only a few young men from our area have perished in war. The best way to honor those sacrifices is to attend one of the many Memorial Day ceremonies taking place Monday. The unselfishness of these men and women should be looked upon with respect and admiration. Enjoying the freedoms and liberties that they have protected certainly proves that they didn’t die in vain.

It is up to us to make sure these folks are remembered.

Forever.

Thank them for their service.

Never forget their sacrifice.

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