Viewpoint: May 24, 2013

Monday is Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer season. But, it's a day that also has a much deeper meaning. Memorial Day is the day Americans set aside to remember, reflect and honor those who died serving their country.

It's an observance that dates back to just after the Civil War and it is just as relevant and important nearly 150 years later. Many communities throughout Louisiana will hold Memorial Day events. In Baton Rouge, the USS Kidd has a service beginning at 11 a.m. It will be held in the Louisiana Memorial Plaza where the names of fallen Americans are carved into the black granite walls.

So, whether you are planning a picnic with your family or attending a Memorial Day event, we hope you take a few minutes to remember the sacrifices of our nation's war dead. They deserve our deepest thanks and our respect, and they deserve to be honored on this special day.