Talkin Tville May 11: What does Memorial Day mean to you?
Thomasville celebrates Memorial Day with a thunder in comparison to most cities in America. Speaking with a friend from the Midwest just the other day, he came away baffled at just how patriotic the city of Thomasville has proven itself to be. Saturday's meeting of the N.C. Memorial Day Parade Committee at the Thomasville Fire Department did nothing to diminish that notion. Several members of the committee were willing to give their opinions on the special day set aside at the end of this month to honor pit fallen troops.
Q: What does Memorial Day mean to you?
My feeling about Memorial Day is that it's a day we can never forget. We can't forget those who paid the ultimate price for our country. We usually take the day to honor all of our veterans as well, but I think the most important thing is that we can't forget the names of those people who paid that ultimate price. They were sons, daughters, parents, grandparents. These people signed up knowing what could happen — and it did happen to many of them. The freedom we have today is because of them. It means more to me than just going out on a picnic.
— Brig. Gen. Bud Martin (retired)
If you just look at the news media today, sometimes we dramatize war stories. But if you talk to a veteran, you'll get the real perspective of what war is. Memorial Day to me is remembering the soldiers, airmen, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy who gave the ultimate sacrifice. For me, it's about keeping that memory alive.
— Command Sgt. Maj. Malcolm Calhoun (retired)
I just like being around veterans myself. Serving eight years in the Army in Hawaii and Fort Jackson, being around generals and sergeants, green berets and others, is a privilege and an honor to be around these guys who have been sent overseas and have fought for this country and our freedom. The camaraderie and pride in country just makes you feel great.
— Sgt. Allen Koontz (retired)