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Memorial Day is about remembering

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Frank Gilliam

Today on Memorial Day, I’m thinking about my uncles who served in World War II.

Two of my uncles, Richard and Orval Telecky, came back. One, Frank Gilliam, didn’t.

My aunt, Irene Telecky Gilliam, was deeply affected by the loss of Frank. He died in the Battle of the Bulge.

In his Memorial Day Proclamation, Pres. Barack Obama said, “Today, we pause to remember our fallen troops, to mourn their loss, and to pray for their loved ones.”

Obama also said, “We can honor the fallen by caring for their loved ones and keeping faith with our veterans and their fellow brothers and sisters in arms.”

More than 1.3 million people serve in the U.S. military. About 15 percent of those are women, 18 percent are black, and 11 percent are Hispanic.

I think the United States needs to do a better job of taking care of veterans after they serve in the military.

If you would like to volunteer to help veterans, go to United We Stand or Salute to Service.

If you’re interested in working for peace in the world, see this listing of peace organizations.

Copyright 2014, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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