Happy Memorial Day 2021.
A reminder – Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in our military. Veteran’s Day honors all veterans. Armed Forces Day honors those presently serving.
Growing up in West Bend, Wisconsin I both attended and later marched with the high school band in the annual Memorial Day Parade. The small-town parade traditionally ended at the historical Courthouse steps where speakers spoke about hometown heroes lost and the importance of duty to country.
Over 40 years later, I find myself back in the same small town and look forward to attending this year’s events…that will be especially sweet after last year’s parade was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Waukesha has an event at Frame Park: Memorial Day Observations | Waukesha, WI (waukesha-wi.gov) featuring the Moving Wall, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC.
If you’re busy enjoying the holiday and can’t make one of these events, that’s ok. It’s ok to have fun! Those we honor on Memorial Day gave their lives serving America and defending our freedoms and way of life. Spending time with friends and family on a beautiful Spring day is part of that. Just take some time on Monday to think of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and maybe lift a glass in their honor.
Have a great Memorial Day 2021 weekend!
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Thanks to Mark Mullarky of www.GreatLakesTS.com for his original post of this heartfelt observation for Memorial Day 2021. Mark plans to spend Saturday and Sunday at Great Lakes Dragaway with the Nostalgia Super Stock club. He is a car-less member. If you’re curious what it’s about, visit NostalgiaSuperStock.com. On Monday, Mark and his wife, Anne, will be at their local American Legion’s Memorial Day service to pay their respects. They are proud parents of an active duty service member. It is worth noting that Mark and Anne have always taken time to honor and remember service members, even well before their son entered the military. We join Mark and Anne in encouraging everyone to attend one of these observances in their community – his Legion does a great job. Search for a local event by you, perhaps adding your community to the search, for an extra-fine Memorial Day 2021.