Archive for Sunday, May 26, 2013

Editorial: Time to remember

Memorial Day has become known as the unofficial beginning of summer, but at its core, it still is a time to remember and honor those who have served in the nation’s military.

May 26, 2013


Do we need some memorial for Memorial Day?

The meaning of the holiday may be getting lost in the rush of barbecue, boating and general kicking back on what’s become an extended weekend that now seems more oriented toward welcoming summer than honoring those who have given their lives in the nation’s wars.

In Lawrence, this means the swimming pool opened. Large crowds are expected at area reservoirs for camping, cooking, boating and fishing. There’s already been a rodeo and demolition derby in Tonganoxie. A band concert in is scheduled in Lawrence’s South Park today. There’s a 5K run, too, Monday morning, to benefit Family Promise and the Lawrence Community Shelter’s family program.

There are sure to be family reunions and picnics and many opportunities for fun. Across the country there will be sports activities, including auto races and other major events.

But the observances particularly focused on the essence of the holiday are not to be overlooked. Here are some in our area:

• American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, at 1605 Oak Hill Ave., with a flag-retirement ceremony to follow at 10:30 a.m.

• American Legion Lloyd Beaton Post 228 Memorial Day observance at 10 a.m. Monday at Oakwood Cemetery in Baldwin City.

• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 852 Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery, at 1517 E. 15th St.

• Memorial Day ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Clinton Cemetery, at 724 N. 950 Road.

It may be worth a reminder that Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day,” a time set aside to put flowers on the graves of soldiers who had died for their country. Its origins are subject to various claims, but generally it’s related to decorating the graves of Union soldiers killed in the U.S. Civil War. The traditional observance was on May 30, regardless of the day of the week. After World War I, it included all of our military and all of our wars. After World War II the holiday name changed to what we know it as today, and since 1971, it has been observed as a federal holiday on the last Monday in May, providing a three-day weekend.

Enjoy the weekend. But remember what it’s all about. Pause and think, and thank, those who cannot enjoy it with us.


Lawrence Morgan 5 years ago

I am a veteran. But think about the elites of this country, and how the majority of them never had to serve.

And think of the poor veterans coming back, their poor medical care.

This is no way to run a government. And all the celebrants on Memorial Day - have for the most part - not ever experienced the military.

It's time to have fun, get ready for summer. For the most part, forget about the veterans.

And I'm just wondering: how many persons on the Journal-World staff of reporters are veterans?

Please answer this question.

Ralph Gage 5 years ago

kansasplains1, I'm still waiting on info but realized that in our organization we have another Marine as a publisher and an Annapolis grad as a GM.

Ralph Gage 5 years ago

None of our current reporters is a veteran.

Ralph Gage 5 years ago

kansasplains1, I don't know but will try to get an answer. I know that Mr. Simons, the editor, is a former Marine and I know of at least one veteran in another department.

oldbaldguy 5 years ago

This is the first Memorial Day I did not sit at home and get depressed. I went somewhere. I do not go to ceremonies on Memorial Day, it is too hard. My Dad was career military and I am too. He got a full military funeral and I will too.

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