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Remembering the Fallen: Memorial Day Reflections

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ASB President Kavya Suresh and Junior class president Kian Strenn giving a speech during the Memorial Day service at San Marcos on Friday.

Every year, on the last Monday of May, Americans come together to observe Memorial Day, which is dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country. But Memorial Day is more than just a long weekend. It’s a reminder of the cost of freedom. 

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day after the Civil War when families and communities would decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers, flags, and wreaths. Over time, it has evolved into a national day of remembrance.

For many of us, Memorial Day is also a personal occasion. We may have family members or friends who have served in the military. It’s a time to visit cemeteries, listen to stories of brave soldiers, and spend time with the veterans who are still among us. This day reminds us that the freedoms we enjoy today were paid for with the lives of countless heroes.

“Memorial Day is important to me because my great grandfather died in World War II, so every Memorial Day my family gathers around and shares stories about him and his life,” said sophomore Travis Davis. “I like that by remembering him on Memorial Day, we are keeping his legacy alive.”

The Goleta cemetery is hosting a remembrance ceremony for veterans who died in service on Memorial Day. Stop by 44S San Antonio Rd. from 9-10 a.m. on Monday, where Drew Wakefield will speak. Bring a picture of a loved one who died in service.

This photo, taken in 1963, shows the members of the “Key Club,” a student-led organization that took on leadership roles and volunteered for school projects here at San Marcos High School. By 1964, The United States’s involvement in the Vietnam War had dramatically increased, and the draft was in full swing. Two members of the Key Club, Jerry Georges and Ray Bretches, who are alumni of San Marcos, were killed in Vietnam within a year of each other.


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Jeremy Strand
Jeremy Strand, Staff Writer
Jeremy is in 11th grade at San Marcos Senior High School. He joined the Kings Page during the spring of 2024. In the classroom, Jeremy enjoys history, along with the sciences. He is an avid athlete, making varsity Track and Field as a freshman, along with playing basketball for his first two years of high school. Off the track, Jeremy enjoys hiking, chess, listening to The Beatles, and the Detroit Lions. #OnePride.
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