Most Americans view Memorial Day as an excuse for a long weekend and the perfect kickoff to summertime fun. But for the friends and family members of the soldiers who lost their lives in the armed forces, the true purpose of Memorial Day will never be forgotten.
“Many people just take it as a holiday and they have no idea what they are really celebrating,” said Nate Mondy, retired force master chief of the Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet and San Diego resident.
For veterans like Mondy, the day is about reflection and remembrance.
“These guys paid the ultimate price. And I think that we should keep that in mind as we begin to celebrate, whatever it is that we do,” he said.
To do just that, the city of Inglewood will hold its 67th annual Memorial Day service on May 25 at Inglewood City Hall, on the South Mall courtyard.
“Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the United States,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. “Inglewood takes great pride in honoring the memories of those who have given all to defend our nation.”
The ceremony will be held at include the playing of Taps, Presentation of Colors, remarks by special military guests, and a memorial wreath laying service.
Mondy, who has served in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba and is a member of the National Association for Black Veterans, hopes that during the holiday people will take the time to understand what being a veteran really means.
“It means that I’m willing to give my life in the defense of this country,” he said.
For more information about the event, go to www.cityofinglewood.org or call the Parks, Recreation and Library Services Department at (310) 412-8750