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Residents share meaning of Memorial Day

By Elena Watts
May 26, 2013 at 12:26 a.m.


Memorial Day weekend, for many, simply means summer is starting. The true meaning of the holiday transcends pool parties and picnics. Every year, the last Monday in May is a time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by our many brave soldiers. The festivities we enjoy on this holiday are freedoms, among many others, that these heroes have fought to ensure.

Victoria area residents shared their thoughts about what Memorial Day means to them for this special feature:

"Memorial Day means honoring our veterans who have served our country. We're planning to barbecue at Port Aransas on Monday to celebrate."

Sheila Green, 50, of Victoria

"Memorial Day is a time to think about the servicemen and women who have given their lives and all those who are in service to protect us and to protect our country."

Tommy Tijerina, 55, Victoria

"Memorial Day has always been a time of remembering sacrifice. My dad was a World War II veteran, and I usually celebrate the holiday by ... keeping in the back of my head that someone sacrificed so that I could do that."

Jeffrey Cass, 54, Victoria

"Memorial Day means we get to respect our veterans and the people who are currently serving in the U.S. military. It's very dear to my heart. In high school, I was a part of Interact Club and we would help raise flags that day. I'm going to celebrate by just reflecting on what they've done for our country and, most of all, taking a break from school and studying."

Michael Lee, 19, Port Lavaca

"Memorial Day is a day off for me, but I know what it means because my dad was in the military. It's about the veterans and those who have died. My uncle John Danny was in Pearl Harbor, my grandad was in the Navy, and my dad was in the Navy. I come from a military background."

Kevin Williams, 50, Victoria

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