Do not forget our heroes
As Memorial Day approaches we should all remember the 246 men from Douglas County who died from World War I to current conflicts, fighting for our freedom. They are those who appear on the Memorial Wall at the court house. They are the husbands, sons, fathers and brothers who answered their country’s call and died fighting for all that we hold dear when it was threatened.
Sadly, sometimes it seems many in Douglas County have forgotten these heroes. In the past several years, there has been no mention of them in the Memorial Day service at the VA, or at the Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Roseburg. And there is no sign at the court house that indicates the existence of the Memorial Wall.
Don’t these brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country deserve more? Can’t a sign be placed on the court house lawn to properly display the location of the Memorial Wall? These men gave all they had. Shouldn’t we honor their memory at every Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day event?
Recently it was announced that for what is probably the first time, a list of the names on the Memorial Wall will be inserted in the program at the Memorial Day ceremony at the new VA Cemetery. This is a good first step to recognize and properly honor Douglas County’s finest heroes. But they deserve more.