Letter to the Editor: The meaning of Memorial Day

The following letter to the editor is in response to the May 15 Sun editorial that discussed moving Memorial Day to May 30:

I could not agree with you more. My Coast Guard World War II veteran father died last April.  He would March in Memorial Day parades until the age of 94. He would go to elementary schools on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day to speak to them about what it means to be a veteran. He was a life-long educator and knew history gets lost if you don’t educate the younger generations. He would make it entertaining as well telling short stories of everyday life in the service. He would have been 97-years-old on May 22. We learned that our home town of Clark in Union County is naming a street in his honor. He taught high school there for 24 years. He was a member of what Tom Brokaw called “the greatest generation.”

Rob Kastner