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The deep significance of Memorial Day

Adela Elliott of Centereach and her sons, Lucas,

Adela Elliott of Centereach and her sons, Lucas, 3 months, and Nicholas, 5, at the Memorial Day parade along Middle Country Road in Centereach on Sunday afternoon, May 24, 2015. Photo Credit: James Carbone

Started after the Civil War and first known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is the one day we set aside each year as a solemn day of mourning to honor and remember those soldiers who have fallen in service to our country [“Memorial Day marked in a war zone,” Opinion, May 25].

In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act to remind people of the true meaning of Memorial Day. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time, Americans pause for a moment of silence to remember those who gave all.

This Memorial Day, we should all take a step back and remember its true meaning. There are few of us whose family or friends have not been touched by the tragedy of war.

Thomas Crist, Melville


I enjoyed Lane Filler’s column “Memorial Day marked in a war zone” [Opinion, May 25]. But the last sentence seems to question whether the United States will continue to be a nation that wages war.

In World War II, we came to the aid of Holland, Belgium, Denmark, etc. In 1950, it was South Korea, and in 1990, Kuwait, when Saddam Hussein overran that country.

When there is an injustice in the world, the stronger nation must help and try to stave off the bully nation’s attack.

Bob Snider, Massapequa

Editor’s note: The writer is a Korean War veteran.