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Hijacking of Memorial Day should end this year

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EDITOR:

For years the hijacking of Memorial Day has continued with the media and The Paducah Sun leading the way by selling ads to memorialize our loved ones who have died. These deaths rarely if ever honor a war dead among our community.

Memorial Day isn't to honor my service as a veteran -- I have Veterans Day -- nor to honor the active duty; they have Armed Services Day. Memorial Day isn't a kick-off to the barbecue and boating season. Memorial Day isn't to save 50 percent off the white sale at the mall.

Memorial Day isn't to honor my brother who died 35 years ago at the age of 22.

Memorial Day isn't for newspapers and other media to sell ads to memorialize the non-war dead.

Memorial Day is to honor the nearly 1.6 million service members killed in the line of duty, no other reason.

This is rather personal for me as in my genealogy we have had a fallen soldier in the American Revolution, War of 1812, War for Southern Independence, and WWII.

It is not too late to stop the prostitution this year. Would The Paducah Sun and subsidiaries join in by canceling the sale of the ads this year and in the future, instead adding a full page or two of names of the KIA? After all, it was their sacrifice along with us veterans that gives you the First Amendment right to sell those ads.

MICHAEL GORDON

Benton

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