Remember the Meaning of Memorial Day
Time to honor the 1.3 million fallen US troops
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 25, 2009 10:26 AM CDT
The cockpit of the Edward 'Butch' O'Hare F4F-3 Wildcat fighter plane exhibit is seen in Terminal 2 April 13, 2006 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.    (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – On a day of barbecues and baseball, “let's not forget the point of Memorial Day,” write William J. Bennett and John Cribb: to salute the sacrifices of the 1.3 million troops who have died for our country. “Through their sacrifice, the United States has liberated more people from tyranny than any other nation,” they note in the Chicago Tribune. And while some hold a firm place in history, others don’t get the recognition they deserve.

Take Edward “Butch” O’Hare: millions walk through the airport that bears his name without knowing that he saved the USS Lexington from an onslaught of Japanese planes. Or William Carney, who, during the Civil War, held the US flag high despite being shot three times. “Boys, the old flag never touched the ground,” he told his comrades. “Remembering those who served is more than a gesture,” Bennett and Cribb write. “It is our duty.”