Memorial Day is fast approaching, and I hope it will not slip by with many forgetting the importance of this day.
Memorial Day in my book is not just another day off to shop for sales and backyard barbecuing. In my opinion, Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.
This Memorial Day, I find myself thinking what it means to be an American, and that is the pride to live in a county that allows us our personal freedom to express ourselves and speak our minds. These freedoms come with great personal sacrifice for those who leave family, friends and jobs to serve the greater good.
I myself served during the Vietnam era. Although I never saw combat, I had friends who did and who died serving their country. So, please honor Memorial Day by honoring those who gave their lives for what we all hold most dear.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village