It’s Sad Indeed - The Missourian: Opinion

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It’s Sad Indeed

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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:00 pm

Like other people who attended Memorial Day services across the country, it is sad to see so many of our our military veterans are in the advanced aging category. They have meant so much to this country and to our safe being.

They come to these services and the thoughts of their comrades in arms who were killed, wounded, missing in action and taken prisoner weigh heavily on them.

It is a day of sorrow for our veterans. The combat veterans can’t get the question out of their minds, “Why did they die when I was spared?” When comrades fall beside you and you survive, that question begs for an answer for which there is none.

Memorial Day really is for our fallen comrades but it has become another day to honor all veterans. We have Veterans Day in November, which really is the day designated to honor all veterans. However, there is nothing wrong with saluting all veterans on Memorial Day, especially those who served in World War II, an age group that is leaving us daily in high numbers.

We are losing a generation that grew up in the Depression, fought in the great war, were leaders in all phases of commerce and other professions, and in government, now retired and we are losing them. That sadness hits us with a heavy blow on Memorial Day.

/opinion