When people gather Monday for Memorial Day services, tributes will be directed to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, but all military veterans will be recognized for their services to this country. Memorial Day services in this area in recent decades have drawn larger crowds of appreciative people of all ages.

It wasn’t always that way. Decades ago there were smaller crowds and less interest in attending these programs.

Credit for keeping the programs alive, and in helping to grow interest, must go chiefly to The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts. Other organizations have joined in helping in these observances.

On Memorial Day we also remember those veterans in VA hospitals, those who are disabled due to war wounds, survivors of Prisoner of War camps, those still missing in action, and today, especially, those who have returned to civilian life but have mental health issues. We should keep in mind that the wars we are in today are being fought chiefly by volunteers and men and women who are serving in the National Guard or reserve units.

We know people who have never attended a Memorial Day program, even a few veterans. We also know people who have never missed one of the Memorial Day programs.

We salute the leaders of the programs, all the participants who assist, and to the people who take a few hours of their time to pay tribute to our military veterans. Regardless of what they did while in the military, where they served, how long they served, sacrifices are being made and were made.

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of sacrifices made on the behalf of this country and all Americans.