When lives are lost in combat, there is no time to mourn or remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice [“Our children need to know,” Editorial, May 30]. Operations must continue, and your guard can never be let down.

Having led troops in combat, I understand this, and if it’s not done this way, more lives may be lost. For those of us who have been afforded the time and security to remember those who gave their lives for our country, let us never waste that privilege.

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That being said, Americans should never experience guilt while enjoying barbecues, baseball games and beaches. That’s exactly what our troops are fighting for.

Kenneth Bombace

Mount Sinai

Editor’s note: The writer was an Army captain in the military intelligence branch.