Keep those who have fallen in mind this weekend

All too often, particularly in our little slice of Heaven by the shore, the meaning of Memorial Day gets lost in the shuffle.

For many in this area, Memorial Day is the three-day weekend that serves as the unofficial launch to the summer season. Lifeguards take their posts, restaurants switch to their summer hours and traffic turns into something resembling entrance into a general-admission concert. It is indeed an important milestone for many in the community, as the summer months have a major impact on our economy and general quality of life.

However, at its core, Memorial Day is about remembering those who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedom. We mourn those who lost their lives while serving our nation, and celebrate the lives of those brave individuals who can no longer celebrate with the rest of us. It is not a day to feel bad, as much as it is an occasion to pay homage and offer sincere thanks.

If you would like to get out and honor those who have sacrificed so much, the Town of Bethany Beach and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 will host a Memorial Day service on the Bethany bandstand on Monday, May 26, at 11 a.m.

The program will include welcomes from Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Gordon and VFW Sr. Vice Commander Fulton Loppatto, a presentation of colors and the national anthem, performed by Jennifer Carter. There will also be Symbolic Tributes and guest speaker Col. Frank Santore of the Delaware National Guard, and will conclude with a prayer and the playing of “Taps.”

This is a tremendous way to honor those who have passed away to protect all of us, and we highly recommend this performance for individuals and families, alike.

All gave some, and some gave all.

For those of you visiting our community for the first time this weekend, welcome. For those of you returning for the first time this season, welcome, as well.

Besides the amazing natural attraction of our beaches and ocean, you will also find some incredible local shops and restaurants. There are many new businesses open this year and we suggest you visit as many as possible.

Enjoy Memorial Day weekend, and be safe.