Friday 5-28 Street wise question Comments on Stories, posted by Steven, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on May 28, 2010 at 11:18 pm
I would just like to voice my disgust for Mr. Trevor Monizís response in todayís Streetwise question. Sir you need to take out your I Phone and Google Memorial Day. For you to think of it as just another extended weekend is pathetic. A lot of young men and women have fought and died protecting this country. So go out and enjoy your extended weekend, you should be ashamed of your self.
Posted by westsider, a member of the Foothill High School community, on May 29, 2010 at 12:22 am
Sorry to tell you this Trevor, but thousands of Americans died to give you the life you enjoy today. It's really sad to think that someone who has gone through our public school system has no idea what Memorial Day celebrates. Maybe we'll see you at the Memorial Day ceremonies at Pleasanton Pioneer Cemetery on Monday. Hope so.
Posted by JenniferH, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on May 30, 2010 at 1:08 am
In defense of Trevor Moniz, I think he gave an honest answer, instead of making something up, in order to sound good. He didn't say he didn't CARE about all those who have died in war, but that he hadn't given much thought to the real meaning of Memorial Day, just the holiday aspect of it. And sadly, I think he was non-hypocriticially expressing what Memorial Day represents for the average person nowadays. Not just for the young, either. It's a holiday.
How many readers of the "Pleasanton Weekly" actually take time out of the weekend to honor - or even remember - the fallen? Not, I fear, the majority, despite what one might wish. What percentage of Pleasanton residents actually takes time out from the barbecue preparations to attend a memorial event?
This year there has been a little more official emphasis on the "memorial" aspect of Memorial Day, and I think that is an excellent thing. For we do indeed owe a very great debt to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. As well as to their families who were left with only their grief. Lest we forget....
Posted by letsgo, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 30, 2010 at 11:28 pm
JenniferH - I respectively disagree. I think a majority of the people in this county (although perhaps CA is on the low end of the scale) understand what Memorial Day means and I think its the responsibility of everyone to have an understanding. I don't come from a military family, but I am thankful for all those that are part of the military and protect our shores.
Posted by Tango, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on May 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Unless you are living in a cave and don't own a TV or radio, you should know the meaning of Memorial Day. There has been a lot of coverage about what it means and how we are celebrating it. Children should be taught by their parents the meaning of all our celebration, How to salute the flag and how to honer own soldiers. This is part of a parents jobs. Don't leave it up to the school system , they don't have time . I can remember a time where every student at the beginning of the school day , stood and pledged allegiance to the flag. It doesn't happen anymore, because we might insult someone. Think about it people! We need to take back our United States and Pledge Our Allegiance!!