Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season and many families gather for a backyard barbecue. In the Sunday page above from 1999, Hi teaches the kids about the true meaning of the holiday.
The men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered on Memorial Day, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May. The tradition, originally called Decoration Day, began after the Civil War when Union and Confederate soldiers were recognized for their service. All military veterans, not just the ones who perished, are honored every year on November 11, which is Veterans Day. It is hard to find humor in such a solemn day of remembrance but we feel that it is important to salute our fallen heroes.
Mr. Wavering, the Flagstons elderly neighbor is a veteran. In this strip from 2008, he admits his forgetfulness.
A more recent episode showed the family enjoying the holiday in typical fashion. This time, Mr. Wavering in uniform, is the one who urges everyone not to forget.
All us should take time this weekend to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.
– Brian Walker