My father was fortunate to have survived World War II, but sadly, many of his friends in the 104th Division did not. JOURNALS OF WAR recounts many incidents of soldiers who were killed, one of which seems particularly poignant for Memorial Day:
One horrible note—my dear friend, Lt. George Moen, was caught in an artillery barrage and torn to pieces—he who was so happily married, so happy-go-lucky, and whose wife had just had a baby . . . (31 Oct 1944; Zundert, Holland)
Although Memorial Day often becomes a weekend of barbecues, beaches, and relaxation, it is also important for us to remember the extreme sacrifices of individuals, such as Lt. George Moen, who died for our country. This Memorial Day weekend, take time to think about those who died in service to the United States of America. You may even decide to visit a grave or two and bring a flower or a flag in their honor.