To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning

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And while the long weekend is a great chance for us to spend the day with friends and loved ones in the great Wisconsin outdoors, it's important we remember the true meaning of this holiday.

However, today is more than another break from school or work.

Memorial Day events today include a 10 a.m. service along the bank of the Animas River at what would be West 12th Street, which centers on the lives lost in Vietnam. They represent all branches of service from the Revolutionary War to the present. Men and women whose lives may have been lost but should never be forgotten.

They endured horrors human beings should not be asked to experience.

"That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain" - President Abraham Lincoln.

These veterans often keep their experiences to themselves. In 1865 the civil war ended claiming more lives than any other conflict in USA history.

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Gerry H. Kisters is the only person from Monroe County to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II.

Perhaps the best thing the veterans receive during these trips is the admiration of the public. How many of us can honestly say we aren't guilty? More a respect. Veterans groups say a growing military civilian disconnect.

After reading Mark Lane's retrospective on Daytona Beach in the 1960s - the Boardwalk, beach driving, downtown - as a native Daytonan who grew up in that era, I have come to an incontrovertible conclusion: Nostalgia just isn't what it used to be.

Finding adequate health care or a job that lets them get on with their lives should not be a struggle. State legislatures passed proclamations designating the day, and the Army and Navy adopted regulations for proper observance at their facilities.

Dozens gathered Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery for the American Legion Burton Woolery Post 18′s annual Memorial Day service. Generals Grant, Howard, Logan, Pane, Wool, and Hancock attended the ceremony, and volunteers decorated the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

Evangeline Funeral Home partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Iberia Veterans Honor Guard, Boy Scouts of America, Girls Scouts of the U.S. and Venture Scouts for the project in which approximately 2,000 flags were placed on Saturday alone.

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