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REGGIE PONDER

We can have fun and honor the fallen on Memorial Day

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By Reggie Ponder
Columnist

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Memorial Day will be here in just a couple of days.

I hope you will take some time to remember.

I realize the three-day weekend offers a lot of opportunities for recreation and relaxation. I hope you get a chance to take advantage of those opportunities, too.

It doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition.

While Memorial Day is certainly much more than a day off, or a long weekend, or “the unofficial start of summer” as I hear from time to time, it has become well-established in those roles.

But it should never be just a day off. It’s much, much more than the National Grilling Holiday.

It is, as it name makes clear, a day to remember.

The day is set aside to honor the memory of those who gave their lives in service to our country.

With the 75th anniversary of D-Day just a couple of weeks out, this Memorial Day certainly is a wonderful opportunity to honor all those who gave their lives in that invasion.

And in every way before and since, American warriors in the prime of their lives have fallen on the field of battle.

We should fly the American flag in honor of the fallen heroes.

Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts around the area will sponsor Memorial Day remembrance services. Attending one is an ideal way to join with others from the community in remembering and expressing gratitude.

You can also visit a cemetery where fallen heroes are buried.

Perhaps the ultimate Memorial Day pilgrimage is to visit Arlington National Cemetery. I have never made that trip but I hope to do it one day.

People who have been at Arlington on Memorial Day have assured me it’s an experience you don’t forget.

I encourage you to find a way to have that experience you won’t forget. If you have children or grandchildren you can involve, that’s even better.

It’s never too early to remember the sacrifices of those who have died in service to the country, and to give thanks for their courage and resolve.

If you travel somewhere for recreation, you can still set aside some time to remember.

Again, it doesn’t have to be an either-or choice. But if you can only do one thing, that one thing should be to remember and honor the sacrifices of our fallen heroes.

Reggie Ponder is a staff writer for The Daily Advance.

If you’re able to enjoy some fun in the sun, and a great time around a grill and picnic table, be sure to remember those who fell far away from home and family.

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