2017-05-25 / Views

‘Right and proper’ way to observe Memorial Day

Recalling what former Suttons Bay resident Dick Grout had to say about Memorial Day 10 years ago in the Leelanau Enterprise:

“The traditional observance of Memorial Day ... has diminished over the years, perhaps because Memorial Day is now just another day in a pleasant three-day weekend. We must not forget the thousands of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, the white crosses at 14 World War II cemeteries erected on foreign soil and on the veteran’s graves in other places around the world.

“With our military men and women again giving their all in service to their country, it now seems right and proper to again remember the original meaning of Memorial day.”

(Mr. Grout is a World War II veteran who was part of the invasion of Normandy. He is residing in Traverse City.)

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