Speaker gives a call to patriotism in Carmichaels

May 26, 2014
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Retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer second class William Varesko, post adjutant for Carmichaels American Legion Post 400, places a wreath at the memorial in Laurel Falls Cemetery in Carmichaels in honor of Memorial Day. Order a Print
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Members of American Legion Post 400, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491, Purple Heart Chapter 34 and Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 400 lead the Memorial Day Parade Monday in Carmichaels. Order a Print

CARMICHAELS– Martin Yoskovich, Memorial Day speaker at Laurel Falls Cemetery in Carmichaels, expressed disappointment in the level of patriotism he sees in society.

“There are 7,000 people in the borders of Cumberland Township and only a few of you thought it was important to be here today,” he said, thanking the 200 plus who attended.

The parade and services at Laurel Falls were conducted through the cooperation of American Legion Post 400, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3491, Purple Heart Chapter 34, the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 400, Carmichaels American Legion Post 400 community band, Carmichaels High School marching band and Laurel Falls Cemetary Association.

Yoskovich said the level of patriotism “in our great land has fallen to a new low.”

He spoke to the young people in the crowd, telling them they will be the future leaders of America. Yoskovich then told them he did not absorb what was being taught in history classes when he was in school, but he wanted them to return home, do an Internet search on any topic in United States history and start learning, noting they would be thankful they did.

It is patriotism that makes America great, Yoskovich said.

Yoskovich added patriotism comes in many forms, “volunteering for military service, voting, entering public service, volunteering, or by simply being here today to remember our veterans.”

Or, as some members of the audience noted, by lining hundreds of American flags along this area located off Old Waynesburg Road.

Yoskovich said every house should proudly display “Old Glory” with the proper reverence.

He gave a brief history of the conflicts America was involved in and how some, according to Yoskovich, never truly ended. The Korean Armistice Agreement was signed July 27, 1953, and designed to insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement was reached.

“That peaceful settlement has never been achieved,” Yoskovich said.

He spoke of the shame of our country at not welcoming home its Vietnam War veterans as heroes and made note of Desert Storm and the more recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

“So, young people this is your history lesson for the day,” Yoskovich said.

In closing, he told the young people among those gathered at Laurel Falls to thank a veteran.

“Thank a veteran as you meet them in the bus station, at the train, in the airport. Thank him for serving and you will see a smile on his face,” Yoskovich said.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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