The Way I See It: Memorial Day 

Carol Macola 

  1. S. Army 1975-1977

Beverly/Morgan Park Memorial Day Parade Chair

We enjoy many cultural celebrations with diverse foods, arts, and events. As Americans, we are made up of many cultures, many religions, many ethnic groups, and many other diversities. We have heritages from around the world; relatives who brought their art, music, traditions, and customs to the United States.  So, celebrate! 

What many frequently forget, though, is that all the freedoms we have — to speak our thoughts and beliefs, to protest political actions, to go to whatever religious center we want, to vote without worry of retributions — have been protected by our military.   

Memorial Day is the time to remember the sacrifices of men and women who served to protect our rights, our freedoms. Our local parade, while fun and entertaining, is also our time to think back on a relative, friend, or classmate who fought in World War II, in Korea, in Vietnam, in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Many returned home bruised or broken; some did not return. We should honor their memory, honor their commitment. 

So please come out and enjoy, or even participate in, our local Memorial Day Parade.  It is the oldest community parade in Chicago, dating back to the end of World War I. Have fun, but pause to remember our service members who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.  

 

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