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Memorial Day
By Joel W Jackson


June 04, 2010

Editor/Sitnews Readers,

This past Monday my family and I had the honor of attending Ketchikan's Memorial Day services at our local cemetery. It is a tradition that my mother passed on to me and I have tried to pass on to my children.

As a veteran I have some understanding of the sacrifices made by those who have served and their families. I was saddened to see a recent Sitnews' posting deriding our President's choice to observe Memorial Day at a cemetery in Illinois. Apparently Illinois didn't have our beautiful weather and the President and attendees got soaked in a downpour. Instead of running for cover in the presidential motorcade he chose to get on a bus full of everyday Americans whom were attending the ceremony. He spent time visiting with them and thanking them for their attendance. The sacrifices of veterans buried in Illinois are equal to those buried at Arlington. Maybe our President wanted to quietly recognize those who served and avoid the politically expedient trip to Arlington National Cemetery? The Presidents motivations are his own.

For my part I would like encourage everyone to make time next Memorial Day to participate in a ceremony etc that honors those who served.

If your curious about the President's Memorial Day please follow the attached link.


Joel W Jackson and Family
Bozeman, MT

Received June 03, 2010 - Published June 04, 2010


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