Barbecue’s and family outings are always a big part of Memorial Day weekend, but what makes these things possible is the sacrifice of our military brothers and sisters.
One of these military heroes is Dean Redford of Idaho Falls; whose family got together today to celebrate his life.
“He served in World War II, he was in the Navy branch, he wanted to join early so that he had a chance to pick where he wanted to go and he wanted to be in the Navy, and he wanted also the biggest ship that they had because I don’t think he did well on smaller ships” said Roger Redford.
The Redford family is one of many families who have come to appreciate Memorial Day because of close family ties to the holiday.
“Memorial Day is family, and being with them and that is possible by the people who have preserved our freedoms” continued Redford.
“It’s kind of interesting my wife and I headed over to the cemetery today, not just to only remember military folk, but also family friends who have passed away, it’s kind of neat that we have that little day set apart where we don’t have school or work, where we can go and spend some time thinking about them and thinking about their impact in our lives and you know, the blessing of life and how great it really is” said Adam Blakeman.
Dean Redford also had a brother who served in the Air Force.