For some, Memorial Day is a day to honor those that have fought for America's freedom, but for others it is an excuse to not go to work and to instead work on their tan on the lake. One group of locals decided to take a stand in an attempt give this somewhat forgotten holiday it's meaning back.


For some, Memorial Day is a day to honor those that have fought for America's freedom, but for others it is an excuse to not go to work and to instead work on their tan on the lake. One group of locals decided to take a stand in an attempt give this somewhat forgotten holiday it's meaning back. One local helped organize an impromptu Memorial Day ceremony after feeling like  "the meaning of Memorial Day and fallen troops is losing meaning with younger people." Since many residents were playing host to their grandchildren, they jumped at the chance to expose them to such a ceremony.

The speaker for the impromptu ceremony spoke straight to the issue concerning young people and their thoughts of the holiday, "People say the kids today just don’t get it,they don’t know what freedom is, they are lazy, they feel entitled. I beg to differ, when I joined the military we were not at war, nobody was trying to kill me day after day.  Today these kids know they will face the enemy and may die," said Dan Whelan.

The entire presentation was about 10 minutes long and touched many hearts. "Bringing the flag to half staff with taps made all of us get teary eyed!  Got everyone to thinking about how we used to spend Memorial Day, and how we do now," said one participant, Linda Vogel.  "TAPS signifies the end of a military day, but it is also used as a farewell to a fallen soldier, seaman, airman or marine.  We will also lower the flag to alf staff in honor of all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice," said Whelan.

One neighbor, Earlene Sweeten, recalled the days when Memorial Day was called "Decoration Day," and was celebrated by visiting the closest cemetery.  "Our children need to experience that," she said.

Because of the hearts of concerned residents, many children from 11 to 70 years old, were able to honor those who have gone before us allowing America to let freedom ring.