Let us remember
This Memorial Day sees another senseless war, though not ours, at least not yet and, pray God, not ever.
As we show our support for Ukraine let us remember those Americans who have given their lives through the decades to stave off similar acts of heinous aggression at home and abroad.
Memorial Day, begun after the Civil War as Decoration Day, is a national holiday dedicated to the remembrance of those who died in service to their country.
To those who loved them, they are more than names on casualty lists. They are sons and daughters, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, family members who left for war and did not come home to those who waited, to those who hoped, to those who prayed.
For those who agree that such sacrifice deserves remembrance, there is ample opportunity to pay homage to those who have served, have suffered, and have died through the generations and the years.
In Cape Coral, the largest of the services will, for the 41st year, be at Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery.
The annual Memorial Day Remembrance Service is Monday, May 30, in the Veterans Honor Garden at the cemetery at 950 Chiquita Blvd S. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will include a live webcast at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db3ExGD7K0E.
Also in the Cape, The Brotherhood of Heroes Resource Center and Museum at 4522 Del Prado Blvd. will host a Memorial Day luncheon on Monday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free.
Across the river, Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home & Cemetery also will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday.
The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Field of Honor.
Interested community members may help honor fallen veterans by placing flags on each of their graves beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Those interested should arrive at the location’s Colonial Family Center at that time to await further instructions, organizers said.
Both events will feature various speakers and activities appropriate for the one day America remembers its war dead.
More details on these Memorial Day activities may be found in today’s Breeze and on-line here at capecoralbreeze.com under Cape News.
We thank those who serve. We thank the families of the fallen. Such sacrifices should not, will not, go unmarked.
— Breeze editorial