Local veterans say true meaning of Memorial Day often forgotten

Local veterans say true meaning of Memorial Day often forgotten

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Over the Memorial Day weekend, there are a host of events to celebrate and honor service men and women, and their families.

However, some local veterans feel forgotten with all the Bikefest events.

"If you are not affected by a loss in the military and not part of the military community, it is hard to remember what it is really about," said Jillian Smith, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp.

Stephen Foster, who served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, said he remembers when Memorial Day was patriotic and memorable.

"It's lost a lot of that luster, and now it's just a holiday attached on to a weekend," he said.

Fosters added he appreciates the city of Myrtle Beach and other places that have festivities to bring veterans together and honor them.

Veteran Brian "Bean" Haynes, a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, stressed that it is unfortunate Memorial Day is overshadowed by all the Bikefest events.

Haynes, Foster and Smith all said they want residents to remember that the holiday is not just about bikers and barbecue.

"It is about remembering the ultimate sacrifice, and really just kind of respecting the fact that they aren't here with us," Smith said.

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