Letter to the Editor: Lest we forget

| 24 May 2023 | 02:29

    Memorial Day is often viewed as the beginning of summer. Barbecues, swimming, and outdoor parties all come to mind. But it is much more than that. Memorial Day is the day we remember and honor our fallen heroes who lost their lives in the service of our nation.

    Milford will mark this special day with a parade on Monday, May 29 beginning at 10:30 a.m. It will begin at Ann Street Park and march to Veterans Park on Broad Street where a ceremony will be held honoring the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price to protect our nation.

    Prior to the kick off of the parade, Good Shepherd Church, located across from Ann Street Park, will be open at 9:00 a.m. for anyone to offer a silent prayer. Ralph Pinto, Vestry Member, notes: “This is a small gesture of gratitude and remembrance compared to the sacrifice they have given.”

    A Table to Honor the Fallen Soldier will be located in the Good Shepherd sanctuary. The table is round to show our everlasting concern for our fallen and missing. It is set for one, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his or her suppressor. The tablecloth is white for the purity of their intentions to respond to their country’s call to arms and contains a single red rose reminding us of the life of each of our fallen, and the loved ones and friends who miss them each and every day. There will be slices of lemon on a plate to remind us of the bitter fate of those who will never return and a pinch of salt for our tears. The inverted wine glass and the empty chair signal that they are no longer with us. Finally, a candle will be lighted for hope. A basket will be available for visitors to name their loved ones to be kept in prayer.

    Unity in the Community, a local group dedicated to reducing polarization in our community by celebrating what unites us rather than what divides us, is encouraging everyone to attend both events. Please ask your friends and neighbors to join us in coming together to honor those who gave their lives for our country.

    Jim Snodgrass

    Unity in the Community

    Milford, PA