Memorial Day is seen as the official start of summer. It is a highly anticipated three-day weekend in the long span between major holidays. It is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year and therefore local law enforcement usually spends much of the weekend patrolling the roads, cracking down on speeders and drunk drivers.
With all the hustle and bustle of the summer kickoff, the actual honoring of veterans can sometimes get shunted to the background during Memorial Day weekend.
However, we are fortunate in this community that those who served, and continue to serve, in the armed forces are properly celebrated and remembered. No less than a dozen services are slated to take place throughout the county Monday.
These ceremonies are a true, shining example of patriotism. It is a time when every American can put politics aside and thank those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, even if they disagree with the leaders who ordered the troops to battle.
Gen. John A. Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1868, issued the order to observe a day in honor of veterans and his words still reverberate.
"We are organized ... for the purpose among other things, 'of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.' What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance."