As a veteran of the United States Air Force, Memorial Day is special to me. I think it is important to show respect to those who have served in the military, especially during wartime, in order to protect the lifestyle we enjoy.
In 2014, Memorial Day will be celebrated May 26. If you don’t already own an American flag, it would be a nice gesture if you acquired one and flew it proudly that day as a form of recognition and respect for soldiers past and present.
Locally, there are three former residents who stand out for their valor during wartime: Joe Foss, Harold Laynor, and Byrd Howell Granger.
Foss exemplified the courage displayed by American pilots during the World War II era of 1941-1945. After graduating from the University of South Dakota, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and had to lobby to become a fighter pilot: At age 27, he was first considered too old for that duty. He earned his wings just before the attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
As a captain,...