PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) - 22News was in Palmer on Memorial Day to hear from veterans and families there about what this special day of remembrance means to them. It's a day for Americans of all ages, across the country, to come together to remember those who made the greatest sacrifice for our freedom.
Palmer veterans who were fortunate to come home to their families told 22News they want Americans today to remember the real meaning of Memorial Day.
George Backus served with his three brothers in World War II, and the holiday has great importance to him.
"They recognize Memorial Day, but they don't know it's true meaning, the depth of it. I learned especially camaraderie, being with other people and getting along. People don't do that today. They should recognize regardless of their religion or their color or anything," Backus said.
Many parents and grandparents who have served use Memorial Day as a time to teach.
"People get caught up in everyday things and you sort of forget about Memorial Day, but it's very important and we want to make sure our kids know this. We just want them to know what a lot of people, a lot of sacrifices were made for these kids today," said Palmer veteran John LaChance.
It's a lesson to remember not just on Memorial Day, but all year long.
"This means a lot to me because my whole family is military. It's just so important that we honor these people. I really do, I appreciate a lot that everybody comes out for these parades," said Norman Bronner.