Memorial Day observances by local veterans organizations at two of Shawnee’s cemeteries are a fitting tribute to the thousands of men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedom we enjoy today across our great nation.

Hundreds of thousands of men and women now serving in the U.S. military throughout the world continue to keep a vigilant watch to ensure we maintain the kind of freedom we have experienced for more than 230 years.


Memorial Day observances by local veterans organizations at two of Shawnee’s cemeteries are a fitting tribute to the thousands of men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedom we enjoy today across our great nation.
Hundreds of thousands of men and women now serving in the U.S. military throughout the world continue to keep a vigilant watch to ensure we maintain the kind of freedom we have experienced for more than 230 years.
The local Gill-Mattox Post No. 16 of the American Legion plans a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Resthaven to pay tribute to those brave fallen veterans and to those who have served throughout history to ensure our freedoms.
The VFW’s Memorial Day observance will be 11 a.m. at the city’s Fairview Cemetery.
The ceremony also recognizes men and women who continue to protect us by serving in the military today.
It’s only fitting, too, that a committee comprised of local veterans is working to make a Veterans Memorial possible in Woodlands Veterans Park. There also is a memorial which was established several years ago in Resthaven Memorial Park.
Throughout this weekend families and friends will gather, they will visit and decorate cemeteries, paying their respects to those who have gone before us, ever reminding us how precious really is. Though it’s a time for reflection, it’s also an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate their lives, remembering the good times and experiences we had while they were still with us.
City park crews and area cemetery volunteers will ensure that burial grounds are spruced up and look better than at any other time of the year. For sure, this is the most important time for cemeteries to shine, since more people will visit over this three-day period than any other time of the year.
Parks and lakes, to the extent the recent weather allows, will be filled with people enjoying the first long weekend of the late spring and early summer seasons.
For some, this weekend will be bittersweet, especially for those whose loved ones recently have passed.
Folks will shed tears for relatives and close and friends who have passed on, even as they reflect on the lives of those who brought them such joy. Their visit and laying of a simple a wreath says so much.
Memorial Day weekend holds many meanings for people. It provides an opportunity to recognize the millions of Americans who have fought successfully in foreign countries and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Too many Americans take for granted the precious freedoms we enjoy. They believe our freedom is free, and that simply is not the case. From the first time America earned its freedom until now, the nation has been challenged to maintain it.
People in other countries should be grateful, too, for the sacrifice American veterans have made to establish the freedoms they now enjoy. The United States and its brave military men and women are the reason some of the smaller countries exist today and enjoy freedoms similar to ours.
This weekend also serves as a stark reminder for families and friends of the more than 4,000 who have died in the ongoing war with Iraq, and the thousands injured since the American invasion of that country more than six years ago. Their loved ones haven’t given their lives in vain. They died honorably while serving their country, defending its freedoms and its flag proudly.
This weekend carries special meaning for people. We can find comfort in taking time to reflect and pay respect to those who have gone before us.