Memorial Day preparations are underway in towns and cities across the nation, and Rock County is no exception. You will find in today’s Star Herald a Memorial Day special section.
Students from Hills-Beaver Creek High School and Luverne High School participated in an essay contest, and the subjects of those essays were Rock County veterans who were killed in action or were list as missing in action. The Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rock County Historical Society, the Herreid Military Museum, the Rock County Board and the VFW came together to make this happen. More than 40 essays were submitted and judged. The Star Herald is proud to publish the essays (as submitted) in the Memorial Day special section.
In addition to the essays, Rock County communities that are hosting Memorial Day services over the weekend are listed in the special section as well. A special thank you goes out to the advertisers that graciously supported this special endeavor.
For me Memorial Day is about observance and remembrance. First and foremost, it is about acknowledging and trying somehow to put into perspective the ultimate sacrifice our soldiers gave to this country.
Second, let’s not forget the families of those soldiers. I can’t possibly imagine the pain and horror those family members suffered upon receiving the news of the death of their loved one.
Finally, it’s also a time to remember all our veterans who have served our country and are no longer with us.
This Memorial Day weekend please plan to set aside some time to attend a memorial service wherever you may be. If that isn’t possible, take time on Monday to stop whatever you are doing, stand up straight, put your hand over your heart, bow your head, and feel the freedom running through your body — and be forever thankful.