For some families, every day is Memorial Day

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 To the editor:

The early morning hours of May 21 was a busy day at Cape May County Veterans’ Cemetery   as volunteers from veteran organizations and patriotic local citizens placed American flags on each grave.

Some flags were easy to place in the soft ground of recent graves, while others needed a hard push to set.

These are the graves of veterans from World War I to Afghanistan, from every branch of service, enlisted to drafted, and of all ranks. Some died in battle, while most died naturally, but their duty to county unites them.

As we reflected on their sacrifice we need to remember that these soldiers from every war we honor on Memorial Day gave us our freedoms; not the politician that spoke of freedom nor the minister that prayed for peace.

The soldier’s creed is simple but very deep in meaning. The oath of obligation remains the same as the oath of our forefathers took during the American Revolution, “To defend our nation against our enemies and others that threaten our freedoms.”

Many gave all, but all gave some.

Monday, throughout the day we had numerous services from local posts to county services. We thank those who had taken the time to attend with our young adults to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, to honor our deceased veterans, and unfortunately for all too many families, every day is “Memorial Day”. We thank you every day for all you gave.

Joseph A. Orlando

Wildwood Crest

Commander North Wildwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5941


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