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photo 7 copyHappy Memorial Day, Howard County! While we look forward to an extra day off to be with our families and to kick–off the summer grilling season, we would be remiss if we didn’t take time to reflect on what this day is really about.

On Friday, I had the privilege of attending an inspirational event that truly embraces the spirit of Memorial Day.

Boy ScoutsI joined the Boy Scouts Troop 318 from Ellicott City and Cub Scouts Pack 371 of Columbia at the Baltimore National Cemetery to place flags on the graves of the brave men and women who died in service to our country.

It was truly special to see these young men place a flag and then stop to think about the person laid to rest in that spot. They ask themselves, “Who was this person? Why did he/she have to die?  Did they have a family?”

Allan Memorial DayI can recall the stories my dad, Bob Kittleman, would tell us about his friends from World War II that went off to fight and never came home.  My dad served in the Pacific, but his best friend, Harold Wilson, served in Europe.

Harold went over to help liberate Europe and died a hero. I will never forget the pride on Dad’s face as he talked about his friend. Nor will I soon forget the tears that came as he felt the loss of his friend as if it had just happened. I was taught to never forget those that died defending and protecting our great country.

On this Memorial Day, what will you do to remember the brave men and women that died to protect your freedom?

Allan Kittleman Memorial Day