For many Americans Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season with parades and afternoon cookouts on the grill; yet the roots of this holiday go much deeper than that. Come and learn about the historical significance of this most sacred of secular holidays in a presentation by one of our local veterans, Brian T. Maurer, at the Simsbury Public Library on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 1:00 PM.
Author Brian T. Maurer will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Memorial Day exercises on Monday, May 30th, in the cemetery of Saint Bernard’s parish, Simsbury, Connecticut, at 9:00 AM.
Several years ago a woman at work placed a notebook in my hands — the diary of her brother in which he had recorded his daily thoughts while on duty in the early days of the conflict in Iraq. It was a sobering read. Like many Americans of that era, he served his country well. When it comes to war, we are all writers, recorders of deep sentiments in our everyday lives.