Memorial Day's power

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Perhaps more so in perilous times, but Memorial Day is a sober occasion to honor and respect men and women who in our past and in the present have joined the U.S. military to protect our nation, to represent our nation and its values in conflicts the world over.

It is also a day to remember the profound power of the U.S. armed forces, and to be clear in our expectation that the use of its power will be in support of thoughtful initiatives and not rogue impulses.

In our villages, we celebrate Memorial Day 2018 on Monday, as we have for so many decades, with a parade through River Forest. This is a traditional parade honoring our local veterans, both specific and in their totality. Marching bands, scouts, all manner of elected officials and representatives of every local group and agency which spin the connective tissue that makes these such great villages.

Wednesday Journal is among the many sponsors. We'll see you along Ashland Avenue. And don't worry, we've got Twizzlers by the bucketful.

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Bill Dwyer  

Posted: May 24th, 2018 6:12 AM

Exactly right Chris. All of us who served in the military deserve a degree of thanks. But Memorial Day honors those who sacrificed their lives in that service, and THAT deserves something akin to reverence. I've always considered myself, with no disrespect, a third tier veteran, that is, someone who wore the uniform. Than there are second tier veterans, those who actually fought. And finally, those who lost their lives.

Neal Buer  

Posted: May 23rd, 2018 10:05 PM

Chris, thank you for your comments. As a Vietnam Veteran, it is irritating to me that people do not understand that Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor our war dead.

Chris Damon  

Posted: May 23rd, 2018 9:50 PM

A common mistake: you write of veterans and honoring them this Monday. Memorial Day is primarily to honor those who died while serving in the military, not living veterans among us. It used to be called Decoration Day - to decorate graves of the fallen. Veterans Day is in November.

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