Letter to the Editor: Remember reason for Memorial Day

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Dear Editor:
Memorial Day has come to signify the start of summer for many Americans and is often celebrated with cookouts, family get-togethers, road races and concerts. But the real meaning of Memorial Day has, for too many Americans, gotten lost in holiday hoopla.
Memorial Day was created as an occasion to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. It is our opportunity to stop and give thanks for the many who have died protecting that freedom.
This Memorial Day, enjoy burgers and hot dogs with loved ones, but take a moment to remember those who can’t do the same.
Remember those families who will have an empty seat at their table and the men and women who used to occupy it.
Col. James Puchy
U.S. Army (Ret)