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They Should All Be Remembered
2017-11-08

Saturday, November 11 is Veteran's Day.

 

            Once again, we want to share the words of Dr. Charles Q. Hillegass, founder of the Town and Country newspaper, from an editorial he wrote in a November 1918 edition – shortly after the Armistice was declared ending World War I.  His words are simple and poignant and should serve as inspiration to all on this day.

            "The war is over.  We owe our boys a debt of gratitude and they deserve all that we can do for them in a material way.  Soon they will be coming home and we will greet them with a warm handshake that will speak from the heart.  We will treat them royally.  We will show them all the courtesy, all the favors possible.  And this is as it should be.  Banquets, special dinners, parties – all will be given in their honor and they will then see that the folks back home appreciate what they have done.

            "There are those who will not return.  They will be missed in the home, in the lodge, in the factory and as each boy returns there will be a sense of sadness accompanying the return, for there are many who will invariably call to mind what a glorious return would have been accorded the one who laid down his life.

            "These expressions are perfectly human and will come to pass within the next few months.

            "Future generations will be interested in the part a particular town and community took in the world war.  Probably the most suitable way to have the honor of these boys go down in the history of a particular community is by establishing or erecting a permanent reminder.  Future generations of Pennsburg, East Greenville, Red Hill and any other town will point with pride to such a reminder and historic days in the year's calendar will bring added glory to the heroes of this war.

            "Suggestions for such memorials are included in the following:  Granite or marble marker, suitably placed, will be an effective means of keeping the memory of the boys alive; the erection and equipping of a hospital in a community will be a practical way; the equipping of a room or rooms in a building which will be open to the public.  Especially is this commendable for the rest of strangers, shoppers and visitors; the erection of a suitable design in a central location.  This may be of wood and be similar to a park decoration.

            "These are but a few of the many possible suggestions that Town and Country sends out, broadcast with the hope that something will be done to preserve the memory of the boys in khaki – they deserve it.

            "No matter what the memorial might be, a list of all the boys and girls who served during the war should appear.  The time to start such a movement is now."

            These are the simple words and ideas of a newspaper editor, written in 1918 and meant to honor those who served; words that still apply today even though some of those memorials are no longer on display.

            Sadly World War I, called "the war to end all wars" didn't accomplish the claim.  Many more have served and still serve, and too many have died in the 99 years since then.

            They all should be remembered.


 

 

 

 

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