Memorial Day is a holiday when we as a society celebrate with eager anticipation of the unofficial start of summer. The grills come out, propane tanks are filled. Rentals, hotels, motels and time shares are reserved. Pools are cleaned up and ready to go. Lakes and the beaches are open, with wishes of golden sands and swimming in unpolluted crisp clear blue waters. Boats are set in placed and stacked with essential gear and fishing poles
This is a time when most have a day off from work and school. Sales are offered at most retail stores and malls. Restaurants and eateries are packed, while family and friends are reuniting in an elated celebrating atmosphere.
We must never though lose the true meaning of this most deserving holiday, by having us all stand together taking time out from our hectic schedule of events and offer respect and recognition to the remembrance of all our fallen heroes. These courageous individuals, who fought for God and country, and relinquished the ultimate supreme, sacrifice in defending our great country, the United States of America in each and every war, conflict, or police action.
We must never forget, with a complete and extended acknowledgement from all our hearts, to each and every brave man and woman serving in all our branches of the United States military, including all civilian personnel, and our loyal allies. We must continually thank every one of them, relentlessly, no matter where they are stationed, at home or abroad, for their unselfish dedication and bravery.
These gallant individuals generously protect each and every single American. Their courageousness in these hazardous life threatening situations is given freely and without total regard for their self-preservation. They unselfishly and without question extend their infinite acts of bravery to every American, without prejudice. They liberally administer their complete dedication, affection and faithfulness to defend all our precious freedoms, our Constitution, and our flag while preserving a nation of, by and for the people. Their audacious, noble, heroic unending love for America and all its people, must be totally appreciated
We must never develop a case of amnesia, no matter how slight on remembering their tremendous sacrifices. We must never deny them or their families any deserving rightful benefits, including monetary, medical, or educational.
Let us all pray for the “Unknown Soldier” and all our fallen brothers and sisters, "May they rest in peace", in God's love and protection. May Almighty God also bless and protect all those presently serving, and their loving families always. Pray they all come home safe and sound?
These heroic champions of liberty must never be forgotten. Stand tall with them America and may God bless us all!
William P. Frasca
Jersey City, N.J.