Boy Scouts lay flags at Knoxville National Cemetery

Well, two years into the war, he unfortunately could have been killed while serving his country. In many cases, or USA veterans are either unemployed or underemployed. The sacrifice made by those who have died for their country is one to be respected, regardless of age, political viewpoints, or opinions about the armed conflicts into which our country has entered.

In this May 27, 2017 photo, motorcyclists ride into Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa., for a Memorial Day weekend program. That's down to less than one-half of a percent today, guaranteeing more Americans aren't personally acquainted with a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine.

It is hard to refute claims of critics that the US involvement in Vietnam included a long series of mistaken judgments, inadequate military tactics and misdirected politics.

Today, more than 20 cities claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, as today's holiday is now known.

And, amid the fun times with family and friends, remember the reason for the holiday. They gave their life in defense of America.

A Memorial Day ceremony will be held on the front lawn of the courthouse in Clarke County at 10 a.m. The dead of the Spanish-American War, World War I and then World War II were included in the observances.

Post 79, with close to 300 members, has a monument at Magnolia Cemetery, and revisits annually before Memorial Day.

When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country.

The men and women whom we regard as American heroes seldom think of themselves in those terms.

As we celebrate the end of another school calendar, graduations and the traditional beginning of summer, we urge all Americans again this year to spend some of their long holiday weekend embracing the deeper meaning of Memorial Day.

The answer is quite simple: because hundreds of thousands of American military personnel have been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect those rights.

  • Larry Hoffman