5/29/2023 Camas, WA.

Today, Camas City Council candidate Stephen Dabasinskas joined the Camas Boy Scouts Troop 562 at the Camas Cemetery to honor the fallen on Memorial Day.

While it’s fun to have a day off work and fire up the grill during this unofficial start to summer, it’s easy for some to forget the true significance of this day.

Memorial Day is meant to honor and remember the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died fighting for our freedom. And while we honor the fallen, it’s important to also remember the complexities of grief for those they left behind.

That’s where many non-profits, like the Boy Scouts, chip in to help. Other local veteran organizations aim to help veterans, service members, and their families through the challenges of military life, the transition to civilian life, and beyond.

“One of the best ways to address Memorial Day head on is to simply not say, ‘Happy Memorial Day,’ Dabasinskas said. “And I know that sounds trite, but for a lot of people it’s not happy. It’s a day of reflection, it’s a day of remembering.”

Dabasinskas says some ways to honor the fallen this Memorial Day is to place wreaths at grave sites, participate in a cleanup project at a local VFW or local American Legion, or even simply lending a listening ear to someone who is struggling.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach the younger generations about some of our history, some of the tragic loss, but also remember why we are allowed to be in this free country,” Dabasinskas said.

For more information, visit stephen4council.com or contact the campaign directly by email or telephone.

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