Yesterday was Memorial Say in the United States of America. It’s a day of reflecting and giving thanks to all the veterans who served in any war throughout the United States history. It’s not only a day of giving thanks but more importantly it’s a day of remembrance and honoring the fallen soldiers who bravely gave their life to protect the U.S. so that we can live in a free nation.
Charlie Jones a local Vietnam veteran and his two veteran buddies Joseph Szatkowski and Stewart Cath all got together to hire Joseph’s son, Chad Szatkowski, to paint three murals in dedication to the soldiers who didn’t return home from the Vietnam war. Charlie said, “I got a hold of Joe here and he contacted his son for me. The son came over and did a fantastic job!”
When asked if Chad executed Charlies vision on memorializing the Vietnam veterans, Charlie said this, “Yes he did, he done everything I asked him to do and more.”
as Charlie, Joseph and Stewart are all veterans themselves, they offer their insight on what Memorial Day means to them. Joseph said, “Well it’s to remember the guys that died over there and didn’t make it back. I had several of them I knew that didn’t make it, and it’s important to remember them in all the wars, not just Vietnam, but all the wars.” Joseph finished his thought by saying, “Over a million men, from what I understand, died for our country.” Steward from the U.S. Navy, First Shore Party added, “We can’t forget we have to remember them, it’s very important.”
Charlie, Joseph and Stewart all get together every Friday at JJ’s restaurant at about 7:30 for coffee and breakfast with other veterans and Alpena residents. They extend this invitation to you whether you’re a veteran or not, to just enjoy the company and tell stories. Charlie says, “Come on down to JJ’s restaurant on Friday mornings!”
To all the United States Veterans and those who passed away as well, thank you for your service.