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Memorial Day a special one this year PDF Print E-mail

Memorial Day arrives on Monday, capping off the first big holiday weekend of the summer. While many of us will be at the lake, driving to see family and friends, having a picnic outdoors or eating more than we should, we need to remember why the holiday was established.
It’s a day set aside to remember and honor those who have died while serving in the military. While the official holiday is on Monday, the observance has grown to be known more as Memorial Day weekend. It’s one of the few holidays each year where just about everyone has the day off from work.
I would venture to guess that people in Chase County will have a different feeling about Memorial Day this year, after the five-day visit from the Vietnam Memorial Wall last month. Thousands of people from this area and hundreds of miles away visited The Wall or attended one of its daily events. It was truly a moving experience, most would tell you, and one they will long remember.
What was impressive to me was so much youth involvement in the activities during the five days The Wall was here. Many classes from Chase County Schools and other schools nearby took a break from their classrooms to visit the impressive replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C., set up on Chase County Schools’ former football field.
There is nothing more influential to a young student than to be up close and realize all those names on The Wall were people who gave their lives in service to our country. I would bet Memorial Day this weekend will have a different meaning now to many of those young students.
While it’s important to look to the future in all that we do, it’s also vital to remember the past. Don’t forget the thousands of men and women who have given their lives to protect the freedoms our country still possesses.


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