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MASON CITY, IA – Memorial Day, it’s a day to reflect and remember those men and women who have put their lives on the line to fight for this country. Memorial Day events took place throughout Minnesota and Iowa on Monday.
This day can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
The Mason City VFW held a Memorial Day assembly where one veteran spoke about the important for recognizing the day for what it really means.
“It’s a lot more than just honoring our dead who deserve it, but we need to instill in everyone in this country the true meaning of what memorial is, why we celebrate,” said Marine Veteran Roger Hunt.
Hunt said that the day he calls “a very humbling observance,” has lost it’s true meaning and viewed as more of a vacation day.
“Not it has become a 3 day vacation complete with special sales by the commercial entities. Boating, camping and all sorts of fun and games; while all of these activities are fun and legal, where does that leave Memorial Day?” Hunt asks.
“Memorial Day gives us a time to reflect but I think that we also need to remember not just on Memorial Day,” says Rhonda Jordal, the Chairman for the Family Alliance for Veterans of America (FAVA).
“There are some many things that people can do too throughout the year to remember our fallen to remember the wounded warriors and remember the families that were left behind,” adds Jordal.
“Some did not return, so you and I can live free and we revere them, we cherish their memory and we bid them God speed,” said Hunt as he closed out his speech.
The event was supposed to take place at the Elmwood Cemetery but had to be moved because of the rain.