The true reason for Memorial Day

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 26, 2010

On Friday, May 28, 2010, the public is invited to attend Get High on Life’s 12th Annual Memorial Day Breakfast. The ceremony will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Home, 346 Fir Street, in LaPlace.

We will pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country and defended the many freedoms we enjoy. Special emphasis will be placed on remembering those who gave their lives while fighting to keep our country free.

Last year, over 180 people attended and enjoyed the patriotic music, songs, brief testimonies and a great meal.

I am old enough to remember World War II. After World War II, the St. John the Baptist School Board published a book titled “St. John Heroes.” The dedication read, and I quote, “In grateful remembrance to those valiant sons of the Parish of St. John the Baptist who gave their lives to the cause of freedom.”

Recorded in this book are awards received by the St. John the Baptist Parish men while serving in World War II. The Legion of Honor was awarded to two St. John veterans. Four young men received the Silver Star (second only to the Medal of Honor). Seventeen men were award the Bronze Star. Twenty-seven received the Purple Heart. (This award is given when someone is wounded in battle.) The Presidential Unit Citation was given to 18 of our young men.

Thirty-one young men from St. John the Baptist Parish were killed during the war. They paid the ultimate price for the freedoms we now enjoy. Of these 31 men, six were in the Navy, three in the Marines, 16 in the Army, five in the Air Force and one was in the Coast Guard.

Let’s not forget the reason for Memorial Day. Yes, it’s a celebration, but should we celebrate, more than remember, the real heroes who are responsible for our freedom?

This Friday, let’s show our gratitude by gathering together and paying respect and honoring the men and women who served our country unselfishly.

May God continue to bless America!

If you have any questions or comments, please write to Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084, call (985) 652-8477, or e-mail: