Freedom is Not Free
Yesterday was a reminder to most that freedom is not free.
A number of people gathered yesterday morning at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium to honor those who have served our country and those currently serving. Over 160 local residents were listed on the 2013 Eternal Honor Roll yesterday and were recognized as heros who gave their all. Lt. Col. Michael Bruens, Commander of the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, said it’s also important to recognize other heros..
“Men and women in the military, we’re thanked quite often. But you know, our family members are not thanked nearly enough for their service and support. You know military families, as all of you know, are truly unsung heros”.
Burlington resident Linda Johnson teared up as she spoke about how thankful she was for those who have sacrificed their lives..
“My husband came home safe, a lot of the dont. My dad’s safe. A lot of people don’t get that”
Johnson also was grateful that Vietnam Veterans are getting the respect they deserve…
“I grew up during the Vietnam era, and a lot of things were weird then. They weren’t honored. Im glad to see its come full circle, that they’re appreciated now. Also that the men and women over there now fighting, that they’re appreciated a lot more”.
People of all age groups gave thanks yesterday. Even for the youth that were there, the service really pulled at those heart strings. That’s how Burlington Boy Scout of Troop #1, Matt Monfils felt…
“A few months ago my grandpa passed away. He was a WWII Veteran. He was in the Marines. So I mean, the service did kind of feel a little more special for me than other years just because it was a little more personal than some other times. Every year you kinda feel for all the families here who have lost people”.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was first celebrated back in the 1860′s.