On Saturday morning, just as Dale was about to leave to go meet his Boy Scout troop and decorate the graves of our town’s soldiers with flags, he commented that he really wished people understood the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.
I couldn’t agree more. While I believe it’s always appropriate to thank a serviceman or veteran, that’s not what Memorial Day is about. It’s about our fallen soldiers, our service men and women who died in the line of duty, who gave up their lives for our country.
It’s about people like Corporal Gordon Craig, a soldier from East Bridgewater who received the Purple Heart and the Congressional Medal of Honor for throwing himself on a hand grenade in the Korean War. He saved the lives of his comrades by sacrificing his own. Call it bravery, call it heroism, or call it love – as my fellow Kiwanian Phil did the other night. Whatever you call it, remember it and honor it on Memorial Day, a day dedicated to the U.S. men and women who died while in military service.
Happy Memorial Day. Let us never forget the fallen.