Give your time to honor fallen

To the editor:

New Ipswich is my hometown and with few exceptions, I have attended the Memorial Day parade each and every year in my short 31 years. Patriotism and respect for those who fought and died for our country is something my parents have instilled in me and that is why I continue to attend the parade. However, as the years go by, I am seeing a disturbing trend. The declining participation by my fellow citizens in observing our town’s Memorial Day events is sad and shameful. I am tempted to chastise those who do not attend, for whatever reason they have, whether legitimate or not.

However, what I would rather do is to applaud and thank those that do participate by watching or marching in the parade and those that organize these events for our town. While we live in a small town and for the most part are sheltered from the sacrifices of war, we cannot pretend that the ultimate sacrifice paid by our country’s men and women in arms are not worthy of one hour of our time just once per year. I am grateful to each person who brings their family to the parade, who marches and to those that plan our small town’s events because it is you who keep this tradition alive for the next generations.

Rachel Anderson

New Ipswich

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