Glen Oaks resident and Vietnam War Veteran, Fred Bedell wrote this letter as a tribute to the deep significance and purpose of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is fast approaching, and I hope the many will not forget the importance of this day. Memorial Day in my book is not just another day off to shop for sales or 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. The answer is crystal clear, and that is the pride to live in a country that allows us the personal freedom to 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 have served in the Navy during the Vietnam era. Although I never saw combat, I had friends who did and died serving our country.
So, please honor Memorial Day and honor those who gave their lives for all those things we hold most dear. You can do this by attending parades in your local communities and saluting those who serve our nation so well. Let’s not forget those who serve on the home front like Policemen, Firemen and EMS workers who served us so well. You can also call a veteran you know and tell them thank you for serving and keeping us free from tyranny . Remember this too: Our flag is red, white and blue and these colors don’t run.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village, N.Y.