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Blog: The Meaning of Memorial Day 2012

Never Forget.

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

These words taken from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address ring as true today as they did in 1863 when they were first spoken to honor the fallen. Throughout our history, men and women have answered the call to serve our nation and defend our freedom and way of life.

Far too many of these brave souls made the ultimate sacrifice. The cost of our freedom is indeed high. To these honored dead we pause on Memorial Day to reflect on the sacrifice made by them; many not older than their early twenties, who performed extraordinary service with bravery and resolve under circumstances most of us can’t even imagine. Hopefully, we will always keep their sacrifice in our minds eye by not taking our freedom for granted and never abusing the freedom which has been entrusted to us.

Our freedom and way of life has come and continues to come at a very high price. It must always be respected and in today’s times, it must always be defended.

So, as the unofficial start of the summer begins, let us take a break from our work routine and enjoy the company of family and friends at picnics and barbeques and of course the wonderful parade down Main Street. We have a great deal to be proud of in our Town and in our Nation. We owe it to the fallen not only to never forget them for their sacrifice, but also to celebrate the freedom that they so selfishly and so ultimately defended for our sake.  Thank you.

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Donald J. Alexander May 17, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Well said Bob
Bryan Jay May 18, 2012 at 01:13 PM
What a great article. Too often the veterans that are alive and the ones that selflessly gave their lives for our country are forgotten on this important holiday. I am glad to see the acknowledgment and reminder that this is what this holiday is really about.
Joe Dowd (Editor) May 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Ditto, Bob. Well said. Thank you for remembering the primary meaning of Memorial Day.
Nassau Taxpayer May 18, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Bravo Zulu, and thanks to all for their service and sacrifice.
Lisa Patterson Lay May 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Amen. God bless our veterans.
Yankee Man May 20, 2012 at 02:15 AM
HELLO......I know each and every one of you means well...BUT..... We have veterans day in November to honor all who served. Memorial Day is a special day where we honor and remember ONLY those died in defense of our country. Please learn our holidays and observe them the way they wer emeant to be !!!
Robert J. Pape, Jr. May 20, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I usually don't reply to those who choose to hide behind an internet name, but in your case I will make an exception. First and foremost, the post deals with Memorial Day. Read it! Second, the comments are all generated from the sense of sacrafice for which Memorial Day in commemorated. Third, I never pass up the opportunity to say THANK YOU to a Veteran, whether it is on Memorial Day, Veterans Day or the other 363 days of the year. Last, but certainly not least, is the fact that the assumed name you hide behind contains a word which is an affront to most people in the civilized world. The fact that you use this name to make a comment on how pople should honor our fallen is shameful. However, as has been written numerous times in the Patch, I willl defend your right to be a coward and hide behind a name that offends me, and defend your comment, no matter how idiotic. Thank you.
Mike Klubok May 21, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Very well said Bob.
Yankee Man May 23, 2012 at 12:44 AM
The term soup nazi is a popular charachter from Seinfeld....and since he invented the term and had relatives killed in the holocaust I think its OK.....I wasnet commenting on your letter, just some of the comments from people...sorry..but verterans day is in Nov.....memorial ay is in May... I learned that from my father in law...his purple heart from 6/6/44 is in my basement....take it up with him
Joe Dowd (Editor) May 23, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Soup: Where was your father-in-law on D-Day? Do you know the beach and his unit? I'm genuinely interested.
Joann Donahue May 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM
hile the day is ment to remember the brave men and woman who served their country and sadly passed on,its ok to thank the brave men and woman who proudly servre on this day,in their line of work tomorrow may be to late to say thank you. My grandfather was In WWII and I'm honered and proud of his loylaty to this country
Vincent May 26, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Soup Nazi: Last Veteran's Day the Patch ran an article commemorating all Veteran's for their service. I commented on that article thanking all vets (of which I am one) on their sacrifice and service to our country. Although you have been posting on this Patch site for at least two years, how could anyone miss your handle, you did not post any thing. I find your statement most disingenuos. I ask you, what would your father in law say?
Vincent May 26, 2012 at 01:46 PM
To all who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our great country, God bless all of you and may you all Rest In Peace.
Vincent May 26, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Soup Nazi: From today's Newsday, "President Barack Obama is paying tribute to veterans during Memorial Day weekend, honoring those willing to sacrifice their lives for their country.The president says the nation needs to honor veterans, including those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, by ensuring they have access to health care, higher education and jobs. " Keyword is veteran's. Maybe your father-in-law can set the president straight.
Pam Robinson (Editor) May 26, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Well, I hate stepping into an argument and all other issues aside, Memorial Day is supposed to be for the war dead, not living veterans. I don't think it's insulting to anyone to draw a distinction, though in the last few years, people seem to be blurring the two.
Pam Robinson (Editor) May 26, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Which, by the way, Mr. Pape did, by quoting the Gettysburg Address, and then throughout his blog.
An tUasal Airgead May 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM
As a Disabled American Veteran who served multiple tours (a long time ago), I find it nauseating that people choose to bicker like ill-mannered children about a holiday intended to pay respect to our fallen heroes. It is impossible to show too much respect to those currently serving, those who have served, and especially those that gave their lives for you, no matter what day it is!
An tUasal Airgead May 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." President George Washington
Robert J. Pape, Jr. May 26, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Folks: Our discussion was picked up by a news agency in Oregon. http://t.co/Dk8QAU5d I think this article brings our discussion to its proper end. God Bless the fallen,God Bless those who have served, God Bless those in service and God Bless America. Thank you.
Vincent May 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM
An tUasal Airgead: Great post. Both of them.
Nassau Taxpayer May 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Indeed. Thank you for your service and frequent contributions to discussions.
John Chalker June 06, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Living veterans honor their fallen comrades on Memorial Day (formerly Decoration Day). Keeping in mind that many WWII and Korean vets are "long in the tooth" now, it also is righteous to honor living vets whenever the chance arises. Some living vets may not survive to see the next patriotic holiday and their fallen comrades surely wouldn't mind. Keep all vets in mind on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veteran's Day (Armistice Day).

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