Families pay tribute, share memories of loved ones for Memorial Day

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  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    May 27, 2013 1:57 p.m.

    I know many have the tradition of placing flowers on family graves on Memorial Day. Not to take anything away from that, but Memorial Day is specifically set aside to honor our war dead. I believe it's important to maintain that emphasis placed by Abraham Lincoln on "those who here gave their lives that that nation might live", and who have given "the last full measure of devotion." His point is also key: "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

    Nothing could be more important in the perilous times in which we find ourselves!

  • MajMarine Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2013 9:39 a.m.


    Memorial Day is in honor of those who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. Veteran's Day is in honor of all veterans.

  • Albert Maslar CPA (Retired) Absecon, NJ
    May 27, 2013 6:23 a.m.

    Politicians seem to love war that despite their rhetoric to stop war if elected, nothing changes, life goes on…Or not, and wars continue but only the names change to random violence, insurgency, rebellion, uprising, disturbance, or demonstration.
    The best ordinary people can do is pray and honor the dead and wounded by holding patriotic flag-waving parades and gatherings while nondescript politicians make weak-minded speeches about the valor of those who are protecting our liberty. Meanwhile forces within government work diligently to restrict and remove individual liberties in the name of security.
    Conventional war is outdated and armies are no longer identifiable but spread throughout continents and comprise units as small as one terrorist. War seems to have no beginning or no end, particularly since WWII, and 100 years of war cannot be far off.
    Bringing up the question as to how these fallen volunteers can be honored and remembered, and the ultimate idyllic answer is:
    “Stop all wars unilaterally so that by the time the last surviving war veteran has died; there will be no more war veterans to memorialize.”

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    May 27, 2013 4:09 a.m.

    Using memorial day to promote losses of veterans seems to have become confused and takes away from the holiday we call Veterans Day where its devoted to remembering our American Soldiers and veterans since the days of the Revolutionary War.

    I'm not saying we don't remember the veterans but this holiday is being lost to veterans is taking away from remembering our heritage and the pioneers and people who built this great country. Not as a result of wars but a result of peace and respect and United to build the land we call the United States of America.

    Government is trying to strip our young american people of their heritages and cooperative and united beliefs in this free nation that people working together without government laws and mandates have built with there backs and strengths as a united peoples. Memorial day is a day for remembering our past loved ones who built this country, not those of governemnt and foreign nationals trying to steal it from us and call us terrorist for our history of greatness.

    God bless America and our christian way of life and values passed down by generations of great believers in this plan.