Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died — even recently — to protect freedoms

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  • Julie gluten free mother SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 26, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    While I hope people take time to honor those who died to give us freedom, I think the day has progressed to honoring all our deceased loved ones. My siblings and I make a special effort to make sure my father's service is honored by placing flags on his grave. With so many people honoring their loved ones with flowers I for sure an not going to live by conventional thoughts and have my parents' graves look like the only ones in the cemetery that n o one loves enough to honor.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    May 26, 2014 3:46 p.m.

    @Irony Guy

    I could not agree with you more! You want to support the troops and honor them - then honor their lives, value their lives, and protect their lives. Having seen combat personally, I don't recommend it for anyone - especially when not in the actual defense of our country.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 26, 2014 11:04 a.m.

    Personally, I'd like to have fewer dead soldiers to mourn. The self-enriching old men who send our kids to fight unnecessary wars have a great deal to answer for.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    May 26, 2014 8:22 a.m.

    When we think of the lives that were lost in all the wars fought by United States citizens, we should be humbled by their willingness to pay that price. We should be grateful that they preserved liberty in America and offered freedom to people world wide.

    There are those who are so selfish that they think that they, and they alone, deserve to be free. They have forgotten that other nations spent money and sent soldiers to assist this nation when our meager resources and our small population could not prevail against England, which was the superpower at the time.

    My father and my mother are buried at the veterans cemetery near Camp Williams. Anyone who has a feeling heart will have feelings of gratitude to those people and soldiers buried there, and everywhere, who lived for freedom and died for freedom. The 10,000 who are buried in Normandy, France show that we, as a nation, were not selfish with freedom. We assisted France, just as France assisted us.

  • SEY Sandy, UT
    May 25, 2014 12:48 p.m.

    cjb: I'll go one step farther. Some wars our US government joins or instigates are counterproductive to our freedom.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 25, 2014 10:12 a.m.

    Desnews: Its time to remember those who died, - even recently - to protect our freedoms.


    Its also time to acknowledge that not every war protects our freedoms. Some wars are just dumb wars.

  • Maudine SLC, UT
    May 25, 2014 7:48 a.m.

    A few days ago this paper ran a story about, accompanied by a picture of, Arlington National Cemetary. That photo, or a photo of the flags placed on every grave in Arlington, would be the perfect photo for this story.

    The picture of the Normandy memorial that you used is beautiful, but with this being the 150th Anniversary year of Arlington, and an article about this very American holiday, I'm surprised you went with a cemetary located overseas.