We are fortunate to live in an area where people have a deep appreciation for those who have served our nation in the armed forces. On Memorial Day, which will be observed Monday, and on Veterans Day, local organizations and communities have parades or ceremonies honoring the fallen or celebrating our veterans.
In recognition of Memorial Day this year, several events will take place in our local counties to remember soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in wars throughout American history. Our nation has lost hundreds of thousands of brave men and women at war. Since the Revolutionary War, our nation has had more than 1.3 million war deaths, including around 625,000 in the Civil War, about 405,000 in World War II, about 1,900 in Afghanistan and around 4,490 in Iraq.
When attending local services or parades this weekend and on Memorial Day, take time to think about those numbers and remember the sacrifices so many made for our freedom and way of life we enjoy today.
Locally, Gloversville will have a Memorial Day parade Monday starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Prospect Hill Cemetery. Johnstown will have no parade this year, but there will be a memorial ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Johnstown High School. Among other area events, Broadalbin and Northville will have parades Monday, as will Fonda and St. Johnsville. Amsterdam, Hagaman, Perth, Tribes Hill, Canajoharie and Fort Plain are among other localities planning events in observance of Memorial Day.
Many volunteers have worked hard to organize the area's parades and observances for the holiday. They deserve recognition.
We encourage people to attend a Memorial Day event to show their respect and appreciation for those who gave their lives for their country.