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Remember soldiers who died for us all

It's the military, not politicians, who gave use our freedoms
PHOTOGRAPHER:
 
We are coming upon the Memorial Day holiday. As a young man in the ‘40s and ‘50s, I fondly remember when it was known as “Decoration Day.” It does not seem to hold the same significance that it did.
The National Holiday Act of 1971 changed things. The act was ostensibly enacted to give federal employees a three-day holiday. Today, many have forgotten that it originally began to honor those who died in our nation’s service.
A small quote from Charles M. Province:
“It is the soldier, not the minister who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the solider, not the reporter who has given freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier, not the politician who has given us the right to vote.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who services beneath the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
Glenn Bold
Ballston Spa

Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion

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