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Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen

Today, some may cry, and some may rejoice. To me, today isn’t about sobbing; instead, it’s about remembering those who risked their lives for us.

It will mark the unofficial beginning of summer: Memorial Day. Americans will celebrate today by attending or hosting parties, grilling out, swimming, playing and watching sports, and much more. Woodbine and Summit Lake are going to be packed, while many fishermen will fish the Cherry River, South Fork, and North Fork.

My favorite thing to do, however, is to remember the sacrifice each man and woman took during wartime. Every person who has served, the people who are now gone, risked everything they lived for to keep us a free nation.

Today isn’t about the unofficial beginning of summer; it isn’t about partying, swimming, fishing, and what not. Today isn’t even about honoring the people who are currently serving, or the veterans who are still alive. In truth, today is about honoring the men and women who were killed in battle and the men and women who served but have passed away since their service.

Now, don’t get confused; have a fun day, but remember why you’re able to have such a fun day. Enjoy the time spent with your family, but remember why you’re able to spend time freely with your family. Today is a day of having a good time, but it’s also a day of remembrance.

Today, as we remember our fallen heroes, try not to remember the day of their death, but work hard to remember their day of birth and the life they lived.

From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank wholeheartedly every man and woman who served our great country and aren’t physically residing today. May your souls never die; your presence will always have a place on American soil.

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Jharad K. McClung-Lester

Jharad K. McClung Lester is the founder of The Richwood Leader. He's a bi-weekly columnist at the Rogue Review, and has words published in the Charleston Gazette, Lone Conservative, and FlipSide News.
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