- Cullman, Alabama

May 27, 2013

Memorial Day: a Time to recognize, remember vets

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — I looked up "Memorial Day" on the internet today. I saw things to do on Memorial Day weekend. There were plans for Memorial campouts, recipes for red, white and blue cakes, cookies and even pancakes. But are campouts and picnics what we are to teach our children concerning Memorial Day. An event Monday would be an example of what Memorial Day really means. When our 167th returned to the National Guard Armory-now, that is one of the Memorial events that would be wise to teach our children.

Why? In a few more years, our children will be the future of the USA. Are they going to love this country enough to fight for it if necessary? They will not if we don't teach them the history of this great land and teach them that it was paid for in blood, sweat and tears. Blood of our World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam and now, the War On Terrorism soldiers. Tears of widows and children who lost a husband or dad in one of the wars we fought in order to remain a free nation. Yes, it costs something and it cost big!

This Memorial Day, dear veterans, who have served this nation with honor, respect and dignity-we all salute you! We salute those men and women who are still serving and we salute those who just returned from Afghanistan. We salute all of you who have paid the price for us to enjoy the free nation we live in today. Never feel unappreciated. We all know who is responsible for the freedom to go to church, shop, speak what's on our mind,and all the other freedoms listed in the Preamble. And yes, if your child doesn't know it, please teach it to them.

Let's celebrate Memorial Day this weekend by telling someone you know and love thank you for serving. God bless our USA.

Jane Neal