Local Veterans Discuss True Meaning of Memorial Day

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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For many of us, Memorial day is an extra day out of the office. Many will spend it with family picnics or out on the water. But for local veterans, this day is all about remembering their fellow soldiers who died while serving.

George Jarntowski is a World War II veteran. He says, many in our country don't see the true meaning of Memorial Day, but he doesn't let it bother him.

"Right now, don't make no difference to me," Jarntowski said, "I'm through it and all done."

Formerly known as 'Decoration Day', Memorial Day originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who were killed during military service.

For fellow World War II veteran and Mount View resident in Wausau, Louis Arps says many people aren't in touch with the true meaning of Memorial Day.

"I think we're drifting away," Arps said.

He says par of his Memorial Day is telling stories about his time in the service and remembering those lives lost. For George and Louis, one of the best things you can do on Memorial Day, or any day, is just sit and talk with a veteran.

Memorial Day isn't a happy day for these veterans, that's why you should never wish someone a Happy Memorial Day. But hearing their stories will help the lives of fallen soldiers live on.

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