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Is Memorial Day supposed to be 'happy'?

30 May, 2017, 06:40 | Author: Melody Ballard

Memorial Day has varied significance for Americans today, in view of the outcome of the conflict in Southeast Asia, where about 55,000 Americans died fighting against communism and dictatorship.

Post Commander Farrel Bott said he thinks it's important to continue to have such programs and opportunities to gather and remember.

"This is one of the greatest things that we can do is stand up for those who didn't make it". Even those who have not been directly touched by the toll of war acknowledge and remain thankful for those who have sacrificed for this country. Her husband and two sons served in World War I, World War II and Korea, and although they returned from the wars, they all now rest in Fairfield Cemetery.

"We invite all Americans to share a moment of silence with us in honor of all men and women who have fallen in the line of duty", continued Jaslow. However, something has been lost in the cultural environment that tied us more to veterans and those who died in service to their country.

The meaning of patriotism often is questioned these days. Businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags. The sacrifice of the fallen has allowed the rest of us to enjoy the benefits of a nation that still, for all its flaws, is a beacon of freedom for much of the world.

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That began a somber tradition that has been expanded and remains today. By 1890 Decoration Day became an official state holiday for many northern states.

"I'm always very proud and impressed by the Waterville community because it certainly is a community that comes out each year to embrace this solemn day", said Waterville's Mayor, Nick Isgro.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans - the Grand Army of the Republic - established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj".

There is some truth in this.

Today marks the third day of a long holiday weekend that usually kicks off the summer vacation season here in the mountains of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia. Trudging up the hill to the cemetery, rounding the curve and walking through the open doorway of the memorial, you are hit by sea of white marble headstones.


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