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October 30, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Twisted meaning of Memorial Day

A primer:

First, Veterans Day honors veterans. They have served but are no longer serving. Second, Armed Forces Day honors those who are currently serving. Third, Memorial Day honors those who died in service to their country.

While No. 3 applies to No. 1 (they served but died while serving), No. 3 does not apply to No. 2.

There is always much talk about veterans and current military during Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is not about those two groups.

Also, serving does not make one a “hero.” I spent more than 22 years in the Air Force. I am by no means a hero. In my opinion, you must put your life on the line for the lives of others to be a hero. Likewise, someone who survives cancer is not a hero; they are a survivor.

In closing, Memorial Day is not about selling stuff. Patriotic Americans should boycott any business pushing a Memorial Day sale.

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