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Memorial Day Thoughts

Seems like every time I turn around it is time to type another article for the newspaper. I’ll have to put on my thinking cap. I’m sure I can come up with a subject as the day wears on.
These pre-summer days are still the best ever for sleeping, but I’ve got to do better at getting up than I did yesterday, which was Memorial Day. I slept until 4 p.m., perhaps in celebration of the day.
Many names of persons I have known passed through my mind yesterday, and I appreciate every one of them for the service given their country, The United States of America.
It is good that we can have these times when we can honor those who gave so much. I never was a great big flag waver, but I have always been proud of my country.
I’m sure that many things I’ve written for publication over the years have left some people wondering if I could really care about anything like patriotism. Some of the finest people I have ever known were members of the United States Military, and I respect all who give so much.
Being in the military takes men and women away from their families, sometimes for long periods of time, and sometimes forever.
I have in my home a photograph of the Third Marine Division Cemetery on the Island of Iwo Jima, and sometimes I try to count those crosses. They are all alike, and are in long straight rows., military style.
I have heard that before the Battle for Iwo Jima, a cross was made in advance for every American who died there. Whether this is true, I don’t know, but I do know there were many crosses.
Before closing out this article, I want to say how happy I am that we now have a new cemetery for veterans in the Dublin area. This is something that some local citizens have worked long and hard to cause to come to pass. One name stands out, and that is of course Dublin Councilman Dallas Cox, who made the acquisition of the facility one of his prime targets.
It is my understanding that all of the lots in the cemetery will finally be owned by a U. S. Military veteran. Those people who will operate it have already been chosen, and the cemetery properly dedicated.
Lloyd Mathews is a retired land surveyor, a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps, and a historian, who lives in Pulaski.

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