|Nevada Northern Railway engine 40 is the undisputed queen of steam in|
Nevada. She is seen here along the Lincoln Highway (US 50) just west of Ely
all decked out for Memorial Day with the same bowtie she wore in the 1950's.
Memorial Day to some is a three day weekend away from work or school that they can grill, shop the Memorial Day sales, and generally kick start the summer season. Most have forgotten the real meaning behind the holiday. Memorial Day was established to honor those in uniform who have paid the ultimate price in order for those of us here at home to be able to enjoy the freedoms we have. For without those brave men and women putting their lives down in service to their country, we would not be where we are today. Sure, we have our problems, but we also have our successes. As a nation, we also enjoy more personal liberties that many people around the world only wish they could have a taste of. It was once said around the world that America was a new start, a new way of life. People of many nations traveled long distances, many of whom never made it, just to stand on our shores and begin that new life. This would never have happened were it not for our armed forces ensuring that the way of life our founding fathers envisioned was protected. As you prepare for the pool parties and barbeques, please take pause for a moment to remember those who are no longer here to celebrate with you so that you can. Happy Memorial Day!
- Matt Liverani
Former US Air Force