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Off The Editor’s Desk – 5-27-2015

Memorial Day…….. 

According to Wikipedia, Memorial Day, “is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May.

“Originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrating different days, had merged and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died in the military service.”

As I have done for many years, I visited several local cemeteries to pay my respects to those who served this country and to photograph the various veterans’ originations, which pay honor to those with a short ceremony.

Having watched these programs for many years I must send my appreciation to all those members of the veteran groups who volunteer their time and talent to honor those who have passed. A big thank you to all you fellows and gals.

I watched at the City Cemetery in Glenwood as the Legion honored a young soldier, Tyler May (1993-2015) who had recently passed and at the cemetery in Emerald Township, a civil war veteran, Thomas Lucier, (1831-1917) was honored.

I can only say that I hope that everyone will remember those who gave, so we can enjoy the freedom we still have. Think back, we could be speaking a different language, if it were not for those who defended our shores.

I wish to make an invitation to all those with a service background, that are not members of one of the service organizations, please signing up and volunteer, you will be happy you did.

I like movies, especially old war movies. The television was full of those old war movies over this past weekend and I watched a couple, one being “In Harms Way”.

This is one of my favorite wartime movies. It stars John Wayne, Patricia Neal and others in an action packed Naval adventure in the pacific at the start of World War II. I have seen it many times, but not for a number of years and Sunday evening, I was shocked to find out that it has been edited.

The PC Police (Politically Correct) have had their way with cutting out any mention of the enemy in this film. Any time the script calls for the word JAP or Japanese to be used in the film, it has been edited out. I am so upset about the butchering of the dialogue of the film that I want to write a letter to someone, but I don’t have John Wayne’s address!

Thanks for reading.       ~Carlton