Memorial Day exists as a time for reflection about the scale of wars that Americans have fought since their nation’s inception.
Chuck Flesch, who served in the Marines for four years, understands this truth, explaining almost 1.4 million American service people have died in conflicts and wars.
“That’s a heavy cost to pay to have people enjoy their freedom and liberties they have here,” he said.
He pointed to other wise adages about war:
“’Battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be somewhere else’ – that’s always stayed in my heart and soul,” he said. “The other one is, ‘There’s not really any heroes; it’s just ordinary men having to perform in extraordinary times.’”
The Wylie Veterans Memorial, held on May 31, will be the 11th annual salute to fallen service people. Sponsored by the American Legion Hale-Combest Post #315 – of which Flesch is a member – and in partnership with the city of Wylie, the ceremony runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Olde City Park in Wylie. People may bring their lawn chair for the event. Face masks are optional.
Mayor Matthew Porter will speak at the event, as will Flesch. Barb Welch, a Gold Star mom, will speak on the poppies, which memorialize service people.
By Don Munsch • [email protected]