Letter: True meaning of Memorial Day
On this Memorial Day, let’s talk about honoring the fallen. Honor them. Don’t turn it into a political statement for either side or a big sale for cars or underwear – just simply honor them.
The men and women we are talking about did something special. Remember them for that, not whose political party sent them somewhere or what party wanted them back. It’s not about how much money you can save buying the big (or small) bright red car or the black frilly lace thing. It’s about what they did to be honored. They have died in service to us and their country. So honor them for what they have done on this day. If you want to argue the right or wrong of political things or have a sale, then do it another day.
If you want to make sure that veterans issues are heard and something done about them, then do it on Veterans Day (Nov. 11).
On this day, Memorial Day, please join me as I will honor those who have gone before me by placing my flag at half staff till noon and remembering them and forgetting all about politics and sales for one day.
It’s what they deserve, no less.
(The writer is a U.S. Navy veteran.)