Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

I have never understood why we mark the Memorial Day weekend with parties and picnics. It seems to me that Memorial Day was set aside to preserve the memory of those who died in our wars.

Parties and picnics are not appropriate for that task.

To remind everyone about the true meaning of this weekend, here is a quote from Ben Macintyre’s review of The Guns at Last Night, a World War II history.

“In October of 1945 Henry A. Wright, a widower, was waiting at the train station when the bodies of his three sons came home — Frank, killed on Christmas Eve in the Battle of the Bulge, Harold, dead of his wounds in a German POW camp, and Elton, killed in Germany just two weeks before the war ended. Their coffins were placed in the bedroom of the farmhouse near Springfield, Missouri, where each had been born. Neighbors kept vigil overnight, carpeting the floor with roses, and in the morning they bore the brothers to Hilltop Cemetery for burial side by side by side beneath the iron sky.”

Donald Landsman

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