Memorial Day 2010 will take on new meaning to hundreds of American families this year.
For families across the country, life as they knew it, life as they planned, ended with a knock on the door, a somber message, and a flag-draped coffin.
Last year was the deadliest yet for American soldiers and Marines serving in Afghanistan with deaths up more than double any previous year. Meanwhile, young men and women continue to lay down their lives in Iraq, even as troop withdrawals continue.
This year threatens to be worse as President Obama's promised "surge" of 30,000 troops to fight in the deserts, the mountains and the fields of Afghanistan hits its crest, and the annual summer surge of Taliban-initiated attacks and bombings intensify through September.
We commend our troops and we support them.
And this Memorial Day we honor them, and the thousands fallen through the generations before, for their service and their sacrifice.
There are a handful of Memorial Day services scattered throughout Lee County this holiday weekend for those who agree combat deaths should not go unmarked.
Here in the Cape, Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery will hold its annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday, May 31, at the cemetery at 1630 SW Pine Island Road. The event, which is free and open to the public, includes speakers and a traditional service day program.
Also in the Cape this year is a monument dedication set for 10 a.m. Monday at Eco Park. A new statue, "Tribute to a Soldier," will be unveiled at 10 a.m. in a ceremony to include program and reception.
However you choose to spend the holiday, please remember our troops and, especially, the fallen. When duty called, they did not forget us.
- Breeze editorial