Remember & Relax

Memorial Day is many things to many people...but there's one thing we should all remember.

Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional kickoff to the summer season.  Many people will hit the beaches, the river and have cookouts.  It signals that time of the year when summer is on the horizon and we all tend to relax a little bit.  But Memorial Day is much more than that.

I grew up with a father who was a history teacher.  He also served in the U.S. Army.  As long as I can remember, Memorial Day meant one thing to me:  A time to pause and remember those who died in service to our nation.  We always attended Memorial Day parades, flew the flag, my brother headed to the local cemetery with the Veterans of Foreign War to play taps, I always participated in the VFW essay contest.  We also had cookouts.  But a year never went by that we didn't remember those who fought and died for our country and participated in events to honor them.

There are still plenty of events for you to attend to remember the real reason for the day.  And we'll be out there covering them for you just in case you can't get to them.  But if you check with your local town you are sure to find a Memorial Day observance nearby.

So as Memorial Day 2008 nears, and we all enjoy what looks like a great weekend to be outdoors to relax, let's also remember those who gave their lives so we can do that.

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  • by Rob Location: NC on May 27, 2008 at 07:40 PM
    The First Amendment gives me the right, as you do, to have freedom of speech. It's put into perspective when someone "spews crap" and there is really nothing you can do about it, doesn't it? My freedom of speech is law and not at the expense of some flag waving neoconservative or some brainwashed veteran.
  • by beth Location: morehead city on May 26, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    and thanks to those hero's u have the right to spew that crap and mourn as you wish .. waving flag and singing god bless the usa dedicated to rob and his freedom earned by others
  • by Rob Location: NC on May 23, 2008 at 01:00 PM
    Since 2001, all patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day have become a sort of "Bow to our troops" days where its seems that the conservative right and the news media have made it seem almost manditory to genuflect in front any veteran or anyone in a military uniform. I, for one, refuse to wave a flag or listen to such tripe as "God Bless The USA". Instead, I will mourn the thousands of civilians senselessly killed in all wars by our so-called "heroes".
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