On Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day, one of the most important holidays on the calendar. It’s a holiday with great meaning, but I’m afraid its significance is sometimes forgotten or overshadowed by the fact that it’s the first 3-day weekend of the summer.
Memorial Day started as a day of remembrance for Civil War soldiers, and evolved into a day to honor and remember all American soldiers who have died in combat. It also came to be the day we focus on all of our family members who have gone before us; to reflect on their lives, stories, and sacrifices.
The Richfield City Cemetery is where I’ll be on Monday, and I hope you’ll be there too! The Richfield Rotary Club will sponsor its annual Memorial Day Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Come and enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham and eggs for only $6 per person. The Rotary Club donates the proceeds of this breakfast to support ongoing maintenance and flag replacement at the Sevier Valley Veterans Memorial. Please support this great effort.
Following the breakfast at 10:00 a.m., VFW Post 5050 will present its annual Memorial Day Program. I’ve been asked to speak at this year’s program, and I consider it a great honor.
Speaking of the VFW, one of its most stalwart members, Brent Cowley, won’t be with us for this year’s Memorial Day event. He’s having some medical issues, and we send our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery. Brent has organized Memorial Day events for years, and he is a shining example of a man who loves his country.
Make Memorial Day meaningful in your family. Honor those who have put their lives on the line for our freedom. Without Memorial Day and what it represents, we might not be free to celebrate all the other holidays on the calendar.
Mayor David Ogden