Hometown Heroes......Memorial Day: A Solemn Tribute To Our Fallen Heroes And Veterans

Memorial Day has traditionally become a day of picnics, cook outs, family gatherings and the unofficial start of summer. It is always observed on the last Monday of May, but we shouldn’t lose sight that this is a day of remembrance and solemn tribute to the brave men and women who laid down their lives in service to the United States.

For veterans, Memorial Day holds a special significance. It is a day that brings the military community together in a shared expression of gratitude and sorrow. Veterans across the country participate in ceremonies, visit memorials, and take part in community events to honor their fallen comrades. The day serves as a poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice made by their brothers and sisters in arms.

The significance of Memorial Day to veterans is multifaceted:

A Day of Reflection: For many veterans, Memorial Day is a time for personal reflection and remembrance. It is an opportunity to recall the memories of friends lost in battle and to reflect on the cost of freedom.

A Day of Community: Memorial Day events often bring veterans together, fostering a sense of camaraderie and community. These gatherings can provide support and comfort to those who share the bond of military service.

A Day of Education: Veterans use Memorial Day to educate the public about the sacrifices made by military members and the importance of remembering those who have died defending the nation.

A Day of Tradition: Many Veterans observe traditional practices sush as wearing red poppies, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," which symbolizes the blood shed by troops in war.

It is important to note that Memorial Day is distinct from Veterans Day. While Memorial Day is dedicated to those who have died in service, Veterans Day honors all who have served in the U.S. military both living and deceased.

Memorial Day is a significant day for veterans as it embodies the gratitude of a nation for the price paid by its military members. It is a day of solemn honor, a day to remember the fallen, and a day to stand in solidarity with those who have served and continue to serve.

This article aims to capture the essence of Memorial Day and its profound impact on veterans. It is a day that goes beyond picnics and parades; it is a day steeped in honor and remembrance, a day when the nation collectively bows its head in respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

As proud Americans, we should all remember that our freedom is not free. It is only possible because heroes, some from our own families or neighborhoods, have paid a high price. It’s that price which enables us to have ceremonies and observances like this in towns across this great country.


The Parma Area Senior Veterans Group next Meetup will be a memorial day tribute on Wednesday May 29th at 1pm at the Donna Smallwood Activity Center



Tony Kessler

Administrator/Founder - "Parma Area Senior Veterans"

Executive committee member of "We Are Parma Proud"

Past Commander  of American Legion Post 572

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Volume 16, Issue 5, Posted 12:20 AM, 05.01.2024