The Park Record Editorial, May 29, 2010
For most Parkites, military memorials conjure images of wars fought long ago on distant shores. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. War is still taking a toll on American citizens and although Summit County families have so far escaped tragedy, others in Utah and around the country have not been as fortunate. We encourage local residents to take time this weekend to honor all of the service men and women who have given their lives in the quest to protect our freedoms.
Residents throughout Summit County will also gather to mourn losses, not in the line of military duty, but no less significant to our neighbors and their families. In Park City there will be a running race to raise funds and remember former students who have passed away in recent years. Car accidents and health problems have taken several young lives and current high school students want to give their friends and family a way to turn their grieving into a way to help others.
Elsewhere in the county generations will gather at small rural cemeteries to reminisce about ancestors and reunite with extended family members. In Marion for instance, one family spends the weekend decorating the gravesites of local service members. Those who drive by will be reminded that the cost of ensuring our safety touches even the remotest small towns in the country.
Finally, on Memorial Day many Parkites are drawn to the historic Glenwood Cemetery where the town’s earliest pioneers are buried. The cemetery, once overgrown with weeds and thistles is now a charming monument to Park City’s early days. The restored headstones recall days when fraternal lodges were the center of the town’s social life, when influenza was a genuine threat, when scores were settled with gunfights and when mining accidents took lives a dozen at a time.
For most of the year we too busy multi-tasking to remember those who laid the groundwork for our community, or those who have made a commitment to the armed services. We also tend to avoid grieving for friends and family members who are no longer with us. On Memorial Day, though, thankfully, we have permission to pause and pay our respects.
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