Letter: Remember importance of Memorial Day by Nicki Dey
We all are related to or know someone who has served our country in some great way. Whether this person was a distant relative, close friend, is now safe at home or honorably gave their lives, they will always be remembered.
These men and women are great and heroic, but Memorial Day has lost the interest of the many in society. This is unfortunate because the fighting in the Middle East has ravaged families for years now and the family of David Johnson of Horicon is no exception.
Johnson had a very busy and fulfilling life with potential to be a great future leader. Although his life was hectic and full of school and church activities, when Army duties were added to the list, he stayed dedicated and on task.
This dedication to his work brought him far in the war. Johnson was greatly respected and well loved. The men and women involved in these wars have this same quality and it is this dedication that sets them apart from everyday people.
It is this dedication, also, that should be remembered on this coming Memorial Day, along with future similar occasions.
For those who don’t know, May 28 is our community Memorial Day service. This is held at 10 a.m. right outside of the courthouse. Although many people decide to celebrate this day with a family gathering of sorts with food and music, as many people as possible should attend this ceremony. It only takes a small portion of this important day but has a great impact on everybody.
Attending is a great way to honor and celebrate all the great and dedicated heroes who have served or are still currently serving this country in some way. While most of us think greatly about these men and women already, this service is a time for us to show our thanks in action, and the speakers are there to do just that.
We should always remember the meaning behind this day, not only as a day to spend with family, but as one to spend with family and friends that are special to this country and the people in it.
Nicki Dey, Rhinelander