Soldiers deserve observance, reflection on Memorial Day

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 25, 2008

Dear Editor,

Memorial Day is a solemn occasion set aside in remembrance of all who have given their lives for the cause of freedom.

It would be remiss of us not to reflect on the brave souls who gave their all for our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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They deserve our remembrance and appreciation for their gallant actions. We must never forget the sacrifices and pray our country will always embrace the ideals and principles they gave their life to preserve.

Presently, Memorial Day weekend is filled with activities and family outings. Montgomery has their annual City Fest for music enthusiasts this weekend.

No doubt, the recreational areas will be filled with people seeking frolic and good times.

Memorial Day has lost some of the reverence it once had. In times gone by, it was observed by decorating the graves of America&8217;s war dead with flowers or flags. It was a time to reflect on those who had given of themselves for the good of all.

However, there still needs to be a somber moment of remembrance expressed. We need to remember our fun loving activities have been made possible by the men and women this weekend honors. All the rights we enjoy as citizens have been safe guarded and passed on by their willingness to sacrifice and die for those rights. There are approximately 1,300,000 (killed in wars) reasons we must never forget.

Each year, the VFW Post 3016 presents a very meaningful memorial service at Memorial Stadium. The service includes posting of the colors by the VFW Color Guard, Pledge of Allegiance, placement of memorial wreaths by various veteran and patriotic organization and a guest speaker for the occasion.

It pays tribute to all men and women who gave their life in service to our country.

The program begins at 11 a.m. today at the War Memorials at Memorial Stadium. If you haven&8217;t attended one of these services, I highly recommend it. It will make you feel proud about yourself and your fellow countrymen.

James G. Smith