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Let’s not forget the reason for Memorial Day

By Staff | May 28, 2010

Memorial Day is often considered the beginning of the summer vacation period.

School is out, and families are planning trips to the lake, camping outings and other fun activities.

However, the Memorial Day holiday weekend in more than just the front bookend to the summer season. It has a very important meaning.

It’s a day set aside to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It’s a day to say thank you for their sacrifices and the sacrifices of all war veterans.

As is customary, the annual Rugby Memorial Day program will be held at the Memorial Hall on Monday, May 31, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The program lasts about a half hour. If possible, make time to include this special event in your weekend plans.

It’s a chance to pay your respects to our war veterans and our fallen countrymen. Your presence there will speak volumes.

Sadly, with each passing year we lose more of our veterans. And with them goes a part of history. A time when war separated families and caused many young men and women to face hard realities.

Today, a new generation of American soldiers are finding out what it’s like to serve during time of war. Of course, the enemy is terrorism, and the methods of warfare are far different from those of our fathers and grandfathers.

There are many differences, but the pain and despair of losing a friend or family member serving our country is the same.

We reserve Memorial Day to remember those who died serving our country and to pay our respects. The day carries a special meaning for those who lost family, friends and fellow soldiers.

Of course, we don’t have to lose someone close to feel connected to Memorial Day.

We lost our fellow countrymen – those willing to sacrifice their lives for the safety and well being of others.

And that’s worth remembering.

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