Remember why Monday is a holiday : Editorials : Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois
Remember why Monday is a holiday
The upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Graduation ceremonies were held this past weekend at Northern Illinois University for Oswego East and Oswego High schools and Oswego's annual PrairieFest community celebration is just a few short weeks away.
Amidst all of the hoopla of graduation parties and family gatherings this weekend we hope that area residents will take some time to remember the reason they don't have to report to work or school next Monday morning.
For over 140 years our nation has observed Memorial Day to honor our servicemen and women who have paid the ultimate price for defending our freedom.
Locally, residents can honor our nation's war dead by attending ceremonies in Oswego and Montgomery on Monday.
As they have done for decades, the Oswego American Legion will once again organize a parade through the village's downtown to the Oswego Township Cemetery on south Main Street. The parade will step off at 10 a.m. and proceed down Main Street through the village's business district to the cemetery where a short memorial service will be held.
The Montgomery chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold a solemn ceremony at the veterans' memorial in Riverside Cemetery. The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. in the cemetery on River Street overlooking the Fox River.
If you can't attend the commemorations in either Oswego or Montgomery, why not at least pause for a few moments while you're home relaxing with your famly. Give some thought to the young men and women who are right now dying on battlefields far from home and their fathers and grandfathers who did the same to provide the prosperity and freedoms far too many of us take for granted. Without the sacrifice of these brave men and women this weekend and the approaching summer celebrations would not be possible.