Memorial Day Weekend marks many things – VCHS Graduation, the unofficial start of summer, and yes, Memorial Day on Monday.
The O’Neil family has had a Memorial Day tradition since the time my children were very young – placing American flags on soldiers’ graves and holding old war medals while telling heroes’ stories.
Since moving to Eagle County, we’ve stood in awe at monuments and flags and attended services at Freedom Park in Edwards and at the 10th Mountain Division Memorial on top of Tennessee Pass. The 10th Memorial remembers 999 heroes who made the supreme sacrifice on Kiska and in Italy.
As we’re in the midst of celebrations and living through the challenges leveled by Coronavirus, let’s not lose sight of the true meaning of Memorial Day Weekend. Take a moment, wherever you might be, to reflect on those who have died in active military service on behalf of the United States of America, and on behalf of you and me.