Originally called Decoration Day, a date set aside for decorating the graves of Civil War dead, Memorial Day is now a time to honor all of America’s war dead. This year the day again started early with a ceremony of the Marine Corps League at Mount Moriah cemetery in Kansas City, Mo.
It was a perfect setting for honoring those lost in two centuries of wars, including the Korean Conflict, often called “the forgotten war.” Participating in the wreath placement were Scott and Candy Wasser, Gold Star parents of Lance Cpl. Christopher Wasser, killed in action in 2004 in Iraq.
On June 3 I will be a guardian on my second Honor Flight, assisting three World War II veterans during a one-day trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Vietnam, Korean and Iwo Jima memorials. It is an honor indeed to escort these notable veterans, a Marine and two Army veterans.