Letters to the CHH editor, June 15

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

No school on Memorial Day

On June 5, I had the opportunity to speak to the board of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. As on that very night 70 years before, ordinary members of our armed forces prepared to board ships, planes and gliders to invade Normandy on D-Day and do some extraordinary things we now honor.  Some 2,500 never lived to see June 7 and they joined the ranks of the now one million men and women we respect, honor and remember for their sacrifice each Memorial Day.

I asked our board to take the necessary steps to prevent what they did this May 26th from ever happening again, and remove Memorial Day as a make-up day from all future calendars. State law keeps Veterans Day from being a make-up day and the board’s good judgment and political astuteness keeps them from using the holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., so why disrespect the one that honors one million Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country? As other districts all around us found a way to honor Memorial Day and respect our dead, we didn’t, and it shouldn’t happen again. 

If you agree, please contact the school board and ask them to remove Memorial Day from the list of make-up days on all future calendars.  The phone number is 919-967-8211 and you can email the entire Board at allboardmembers@chccs.k12.nc.us

Fred Black

Chapel Hill