Each Memorial Day we take time to remember and honor the sacrifices of those who served in our nation’s armed forces. As the old and honored saying reminds us: All gave some, some gave all.
But there is another meaning to Memorial Day, a meaning that was brought home to me in 2005. I tagged along with former Lt. Jim Armstrong as he wandered through the World War II American Cemetery in Florence, Italy.
Some 4,000 GIs are buried there, and another 1,200 missing are memorialized. He paused first at the memorial, to the 361st Infantry, and then at one of the missing from the 361st — Louis Scalise, blown apart by a German shell.
We fell to talking to Superintendent Ron Grasso about why the old veterans still return. He said simply and directly, “They want to know that it was worth it.”
And that is my lesson for Memorial Day. Before we send our precious sons and daughters into harm’s way again, we must know that later we can say honestly to them, “Yes, it was worth it.”
Rest in peace, Dad.
Labor to choose
If labor unions truly believe they have a lot to offer potential members, right-to-work legislation should do nothing more than support that case.
It would give union leadership a golden opportunity to differentiate the advantages of membership from the alternative of non-representation.
If joining a union — or being forced to join in a closed shop — is beneficial, then it should be obvious.
So why all the angst over legislation that really does nothing but highlight the benefits of union membership? Why not give the citizens of Ohio a choice? If they are the best option, unions should have nothing to fear.
Remembering fallen patriots
Memorial Day is a day to remember the service of men and women in the wars our country fought to protect the liberty of our nation and our allies.
The positives that have made America great are its principles, knowledge, history and religion.
Over 200 years have passed since our forefathers fought to set us free. Since then, our nation has engaged in battles too vivid easily to forget.
Inside each of us there still burns a spark that only needs fanning to become a patriot’s flame. Each of us has known someone who fought and died for our country’s protection.
These patriots believed in a free and honored America. Their faith sustained them to go forth into the jaws of hell and to die for a nation that proclaims liberty.
May we always fight for what we believe is right and may we always remember these courageous men and women.
William Wetmore Chapter, Daughters of 1812
Back to Nixon
I hope President Obama has a better grip on his administration, but my mind goes back to the 1970s when former President Nixon uttered the infamous words, “I am not a crook.”