Moment of Reflection

May 23, 2018

To the Editor:

One hundred years ago, the world was embroiled in what would later be called the “war to end all wars.” By the time the fighting ended, on Nov. 11, 1918, more than 18 million troops, sailors and civilians lay dead, including 116,516 Americans. Among the dead were 75 Ocean County residents who heeded the call and crossed the Atlantic to fight in the trench-warfare hell of the western front.

Today, a century later, we still remember these brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the summer season. It’s a time for barbecues, baseball games and maybe that first trip to the beach. It is also a time to give thanks: thanks for the freedom we all enjoy, and thanks to those who paid for our freedom with their very lives.

This Memorial Day I ask all of our residents to join with me and share a moment of reflection as we honor the men and women who went to war and never returned. In the century since the Great War, more than 626,000 Americans have lost their lives fighting so we and our families can remain free. More than 82,000 Americans also remain unaccounted for, or missing in action from America’s wars.

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a special resolution for the U.S. government, with the cooperation of foreign governments, to intensify the search for military personnel who are still missing and unaccounted for from all past wars. The resolution was sponsored by Texas Rep. Sam Johnson, who spent more than six years as a POW in North Vietnam and was among the first prisoners to return home nearly five decades ago.

As Americans, we can never truly rest until the remains of all of our men and women are returned home.

Gerry P. Little, deputy director

Ocean County Board of Freeholders






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