YOUR VIEW: Former mayor makes Memorial Day request

Published on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:44
Written by William T. Stortz


To the Editor

This coming weekend marks the beginning of the observance of Memorial Day.

Initially, Memorial Day was the day to remember and honor the fallen heroes of the Civil War. People would walk to the cemetery in groups, which was the start of the Memorial Day Parade custom.

The observance grew to honor all fallen veterans, and rightfully so. We must not forget those who gave so much so that we can have the freedoms we have and enjoy.

Bristol, as usual, remembers and has many events that help us show our appreciation. Flags are flown on the Boulevard, Downtown, Route 6 and Forestville Center. There will be parades and other activities, including activities in the schools which help children become aware of the sacrifices made that enable them to enjoy the life that they do.

What we all can do, and should do, is make our own individual attempts to display the American flag, honoring all our veterans and to also honor those currently serving. While some may be blasé regarding our current military effort throughout the world, we should not, we must not, forget that these service men and women are dying for us, each and every day.

So, please do three things.

First, remember them in your thoughts and in your prayers.

Second, fly the American flags somewhere on your property. From your house, porch, flagpole, mailbox, garage, anywhere it can be seen. Fly it properly, but do fly it! Any size flag will do, but the more visible the better.

Lastly, ask your friends to do the same. Talk to them, call them, Email them and ask them to fly a flag, and to keep the message going.

Just think of the proliferation of contacts that will result. Just think of the impact it will have, from the neighbor that lives on a cul-de-sac or dead end street who now sees the flag flying on their own private street; to those that fly a flag on a busy street to be seen by many. It might get more people thinking about Memorial Day and our veterans.

As a simple reminder, on this day, and at all situations where our American flag is displayed, where the national anthem or God Bless America is played, let us show proper respect. We seem to have become blasé’ about the proper observance. Let us grown-ups do the right thing. And maybe take the time to show and set a good example for our young people as to the proper manner of respect, for our veterans, for our American flag.

Your effort will make you feel good and it won’t cost you anything.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:44. Updated: Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:46.