Friday, May 24, 2013

Remembering our heroes beyond Memorial Day

Hundreds of small American flags align both sides of Ninth Street East as you drive by Tropicana.
A granite marker with a metal name plate catches your attention in a quiet church garden.
You dust off the desk photo of a longtime friend who gave his life on 9/11.
Memorial Day is here.
Not long ago there was a prevailing sentiment the real meaning of this solemn holiday had been lost among all the other events that traditionally take place this weekend.
Big barbecues.
Bonanza car sales.
Beachgoers up north celebrating the unofficial start of summer.
Perhaps Memorial Day’s meaning is missing for some people.
Not in this community.
It’s in our DNA.

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