I have just left the Emma Kelly Theatre having attended the Memorial Service saluting and remembering the injured and fallen who took up arms allowing freedom to ring.
Once again, since having met her in l955, I am taken and moved by the artistry of Roxie Remely who brought to the attention of today's audience what the term Memorial means, how it came to be and why it is one of the more reverent terms of our society. Roxie, in her elegance of words now brushed upon our canvas spoke historically and currently as to the deep meaning of remembering.
And as she spoke, Bastogne, Belgium came to my mind, when in 1954 I stood with friend and fellow soldier, Hutch, and took in the hundreds of crosses of the fallen Americans whose resting place is in that foreign land.
One of the important remarks of Roxie was "Memorial Day should not be a long vacation weekend." How true, for without a doubt the beaches of Tybee and Hilton were filled with those enjoying the sun and fun, while not even coming close to remembering another beach that one of history .... Normandy.