Letter: A veteran's legacy lives on

To the Editor:

May 26, Memorial Day is upon us once again. This is my first Memorial Day without my father. I have many wonderful memories from and of him. One that I recall was that on June 6, 2004 he threw out the first ball at a game at Harbor Yard, in honor of being a D-Day participant 60 years before. He was so proud — we all were.

This year, we will honor the memory of the 70th anniversary of D-Day and those gallant, brave soldiers who stormed the beach and began the invasion of freedom for Europe. The cost was great.

If you know an “old soldier,” preserve their oral history. Tape it or write it down. I am so pleased to have a DVD of my dad speaking to Trumbull High School classes 20 years ago. I also have his written history at the omaha-beach-memorial.org website. There are many stories and soldiers featured there. The Connecticut Veteran’s Project (contacted through Central Connecticut State University) also interviewed and videotaped him four years ago, and I have 90 or so of his original letters written from England before the invasion. This, too, was scanned and preserved on DVD by the Naval War College Museum in Rhode Island. His legacy will live on, and you should do the same for your veteran or any veteran. It is an honor to have it for the ages and I hope that his great-grandsons will be able to listen and learn. But if any of us are hard-pressed to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day, visit a Veteran's Hospital to volunteer, bring magazines or books, and talk with the men and women there. Call and volunteer. It will be appreciated.

My husband has always said that every day is Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. I truly think that every day is Veteran's Day. Keep their memory alive. The Wounded Warrior Project has a saying: “The greatest casualty is being forgotten.” How true.

Remember our veterans, and the sacrifices that they have made for us all. Thank a veteran today and any day!

Suzanne Burr Monaco