Many courageous and patriotic young men and women in the prime of their lives made the greatest sacrifice so we can enjoy this day off from work. To honor the ultimate price they paid for our freedoms, we owe it to their memory to make sure their sacrifice is not taken for granted. We must teach our younger generations that there are values and principles greater than appeasement of personal desires. Having the latest iPhone, fancy car wheels, or designer clothes pales in comparison to possession of honor, patriotism, courage and service above self.
This Memorial Day, I will take my grandchildren and other children in the neighborhood to the Jones Cemetery and others where we will place flags on the graves of veterans. Ironically, the first grave in the Jones Cemetery was of a great-great uncle who died during service in the Confederate army. His sacrifice as well as that of thousands before and after his death in 1863 must never be forgotten.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.