2013-05-25 / Editorials & Letters

One day a year is not enough


It is never over. Missions may end but the legacies left and the pain of their absence endure.

We continue to lose American heroes every day in war and in military training accidents and missions around the world. The loss to their families, friends, fellow service members and country is permanent.

Some were only teenagers. In the eyes of their loved ones, they are forever young.

Remembering our fallen once a year is not enough. The widows, widowers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children remember EVERYDAY.

The empty seat at the dinner table, the smaller gathering on Thanksgiving, and the voice of a loved one heard only as a distant memory are constant reminders that they are gone.

But there are also people who can enjoy time with their families because of the sacrifices that others have made.

Scripture tells us that “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

From the American Revolution to the Global War on Terrorism, one million American men and women have made the Supreme Sacrifice. They died so that we could continue to cherish the things they loved ---God, country and family.

That is why we gather on Memorial Day...to honor the memory of our fallen warriors who have given everything for their country.

We are also reminded on this day that in each generation, brave men and women will always step forward to take the oath of allegiance as members of America’s armed forces, willing to fight and if necessary die, for the sake of freedom.

Memorial Day is not about picnics and parades - although, there is nothing wrong with enjoying and celebrating our American way of life. But Memorial Day is really about remembering those who made our way of life possible.

May God bless those that gave the ultimate sacrifice and may God Bless you, and God Bless America.

Steve Thorp
Licking Township

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