J.D.R. Hawkins

One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

Honoring Veterans on Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is once again here, and signifies the start of summer. Although most of us think of it as an extra-long weekend to go swimming, eat barbecue, and enjoy the sun (or rain, as the case may be), we should keep in mind what the holiday is really all about, and give honor to those veterans around us. WWII vets are fast disappearing, so we should give them an especially heartfelt “thank you” if we have the opportunity.

Below are a couple of articles that discuss the importance of this national holiday. The first is at:
http://www.dailyemerald.com/mobile/opinion/memorial-day-memories-humbling-1.1484467
and is especially poignant coming from a veteran himself (although he gets his facts wrong about the origin of Memorial Day, which actually started in the South following the Civil War.

The second is at:
http://www.dallasblog.com/201005241006566/guest-viewpoint/memorial-day-matters.html

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