Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches, we look forward to the cook outs and family gatherings, but let’s not lose sight about what the holiday is truly about.

As a time of remembrance for those who fought to keep this great country of ours FREE. For those who complain or protest thinking this country is so terrible, go live in North Korea, maybe that will give you a better outlook.

I this weekend, I remember my Uncle Donald Hoback. He was in the Korean War and had a grenade blow up near him imbedding pieces of shrapnel into his leg. He was taken from battle and stayed in a hospital for medical attention then sent back he to the U.S. He did not lose his leg, but had several surgeries later on in life to scrap the nerves in his leg to stop the recurring pain.

He lived downtown Kankakee and walked everywhere with a cane. He was a friend to many people and to some he was known as Santa Claus. He was involved in the Knights of Columbus and played Santa Claus for the annual Christmas party. He had sense of humor that touched everyone around him. His one true fault was he was a Reds fan. Lol

So, this holiday when you go to a memorial service, don’t just look around at the older men wearing VFW, Marine Corps League or American Legion “hats” / covers, go up shake their hand and thank them for their service and sacrifice for this great country we call home. Without their service u wouldn’t be able to sit around and enjoy your BBQ.

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