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Americans notoriously celebrate Memorial Day by shopping, watching movies or sports events or doing projects in and around their homes. They also race and party because of the Bolder Boulder. Despite the fun and personal goals, however, the meaning behind the day gets dimmed unless we’re reminded. This is where the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum steps up to help with its memorial service and picnic.

“The Broomfield community is expressly patriotic,” said Leonard Muniz, president of the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum, in the Camera’s May 27 story, “Keeping sacrifice in plain sight, Broomfield vet museum holds Memorial Day service.”

Muniz, who served in the Navy during the Korean War, added, “We want to bring recognition to all veterans who served the country, especially today for all the veterans who are gone.”

Unlike the Bolder Boulder with 30 races behind it and nearly a million racers having participated, the memorial service and picnic coordinated and run by the museum and held at the Broomfield County Commons on Memorial Day, is only in its second year. The Bolder Boulder saw 54,040 entrants with more than 47,000 finishing times. In contrast, the crowd at the park reached only a little over 100.

Though attendance was small by comparison, Muniz and the rest of the Broomfield Veterans Memorial Museum deserve praise and encouragement for helping us remember the day’s true meaning. Community support surely will increase.

Many thanks go to the Broomfield Civic Chorus, the Rocky Mountain Brass Band, the Broomfield Dance Art Studio Group, the El Jebel Drum & Bagpipe Corps. and other groups that provided entertainment for the Memorial Day event. U.S. Rep. Mark Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, helped dignify the event by his attendance and talks with veterans and those who had lost loved ones in the Iraq war.

We all cannot spent hours walking the grounds of the Arlington National Cemetery, and place flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or graves of soldiers fallen in wars from the Revolutionary War to military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Not all of us have a family member or neighbor who died for our country. However, we all can pause to remember freedoms in our country don’t come without costs and to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Bob Seeber, 82, who served as a naval radioman during World War II and was involved in the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, shared his thoughts with Camera and Broomfield Enterprise readers.

“The horrible thing about war is it takes our young and our strong. A lot of the guys who didn’t come back were young — they never got to enjoy life like we have,” he said.

In addition to remembering fallen veterans, we must continue to recognize and support our living veterans and their families. Their lives could be made much more honorable with faster, more supportive medical and mental health care for veterans and greater attention to their homelessness and unemployment. Often their training is specific to combat and leaves them unable to secure employment and, therefore, housing, particularly if they began their service at a young age.

Vic Boccard, a Broomfield Enterprise editorial columnist who enlisted in the Marines in 1942 as a 17-year-old and served on Broomfield’s first city council in 1961, shared his views for readers. He said he hoped young people today would continue to “maintain basic values and believe in America” and that we “want to continue to keep veterans and their accomplishments before the public.”

Worthy goals indeed.

Source: Published June 1, 2008, under “Remembering what’s important” Daily Camera

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