Memorial Day

The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, shown in this photo here, is located in Elwood. An extension to the cemetery has been proposed for South Barrington.

Did you notice the editorial cartoon on the front page of this section?

We don’t choose to run cartoons so prominently very often, but in this case, the effort made by Dave Granlund deserved special consideration. It shows an empty cemetery filled with the gravestones of military personnel. The caption reads “Any plans for Memorial Day Weekend?’’ and is followed by the reminder “visitors welcome!’’

The site of empty cemeteries is not uncommon in these parts, and they can be seen around Memorial Day, as well as other times of the year.

Let’s change that by sending some visitors there during this long holiday weekend. Plenty of opportunities exist, especially on Monday, Memorial Day proper. A list of activities, including services at area cemeteries, has been published by the Daily Journal several times this week, and can be found again today in the A section of the newspaper.

If you would rather forego the formality, that’s fine. You can make an independent visit to honor our veterans. There’s a good chance you might know one or more who have been laid to rest. If not, you can pay your respects to any veteran. They’re not hard to find because so many have done their part to keep America free.

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