As of Friday, June 1, 2012
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I live in the Dacula area and I also carried a fallen hero sign in the Dacula Memorial Day parade for the first time like columnist Tori Boone did ("Honoring our fallen heroes," May 31, 6A). I had the honor to carry the sign of Pvt. Benjamin Freeman, a 19-year-old from Valdosta. I was overwhelmed by the reaction and the pure mass of the crowd, it was surreal.
Boone's column mirrored the feelings I felt. I have three healthy kids from 22 to 32 years old, and I think that it could have been anyone of them. I am grateful for what I have and so sorry for the losses others had to suffer for our freedom and way of life.
Memorial Day has always been a day of golf, then a family cookout with swimming and games, and in between a silent prayer for the fallen. From now on Memorial Day for me will be to honor our deceased veterans first and thank the families and surviving vets for their sacrifice. I talked to my kids about this experience and all have agreed to join me in the parade next year
It's the least we can do.
-- Kenneth Kozma