Opinion: Soldiers, thank you for your service

Paul W. Smith

“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’”  

We are certainly meaning no disrespect when we say “Happy Memorial Day” to friends and family today. It just comes out that way.

But of course, this is a very somber day that started out as a respectful response to the unprecedented horror of 620,000 soldiers dying from combat, accidents, starvation and disease; 2 percent of America's population at the time. To put it into perspective, that’s more Americans than died in both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam combined. To further drive the horror home, that would be like losing 6,000,000 Americans in a war today.

Mike Lackey pays his respects to fallen soldiers on Memorial Day at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Now we have special sales, barbecues and the Indy 500. That’s all well and good, as long as you take a moment to pause, and remember clearly what this day truly represents.

Thank every military man or woman that you know, and those you don’t, for their service to our great country, both past and present.  

I wish I could thank in person my grandfather, R. Harry Smith, for his service in WWI, my father, William D. Smith, and his brother, my uncle, Paul H. Smith, for their service in WWII.

Sadly, I can’t.

But you and I can thank so many other family members, friends and others for their service.

Please do, this is their day.

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Looking forward to helping out this Friday with the PWC Grand Prixmiere, presented by Chevrolet and The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Belle Isle.

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Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.