Memorial Day is 10 days away, but today is a good day to remember and thank those who have served their country — and particularly those servicemen and -women who didn’t make it home.
Salute Our Military Community, Omaha’s fourth annual tribute to families of the fallen and all military veterans, active-duty personnel, National Guardsmen, reserves and their families, will take place this evening around the Creighton-Missouri State baseball game at TD Ameritrade Park. The event attracted one of college baseball’s largest crowds last year, and planners hope fans pack the stands again.
Among those planning to be there is Pat Mracek of Alliance, Neb., whose son Cory Mracek was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2004.
President of the Nebraska Gold Star Mothers, Mracek says that Omaha’s public salute helps families. “One of any Gold Star family’s greatest wishes is that their soldier not be forgotten,” she said. “If we forget those who fought and died for us, then we’re going to forget what freedom is and what our country stands for.”
Organizer Jim Meier says the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have claimed the lives of 81 Nebraskans and 93 Iowans. Tonight’s event is a chance to remember them and show appreciation for all who serve.