By Karen Butera
Memorial Day, a day set aside to reflect on those who gave their lives for our country and died during active military service. This day has special meaning for many. None more so than Veterans who have fought for this country and witnessed their comrades in arms give the ultimate sacrifice; their life for our freedom.
One such Veteran is Allan Chase of Moosup. Allan served in the Army during the Vietnam War era. “I signed up right after graduation from high school, knowing that at age 19 I would be drafted anyway.” In March 1966, he found himself serving in Vietnam until March of the following year.
He served in the 1st Infantry of Adjutant General Corps of the Postal Division and was involved in combat operations where he was stationed.
Still proud of the American flag and the country for which he fought, he and his wife Gloria still fly a flag in honor of Memorial Day. “We put it up at half mast in the morning to honor the fallen, and then we fly it at full mast at noon to honor the living,” said Allan. When asked what Memorial Day means to him, he replied, “It is to honor those who sacrificed for the freedom of our nation.”
He is also very excited about the Memorial Day Veteran’s Concert that will be held on the evening of May 23, at the Plainfield High School auditorium. It will be co-sponsored with the high school music department. Seating is free, and everyone is invited to come and enjoy the concert. “There is even a surprise planned for the end of the concert,” said Allan. The Merchant Marines will also be recognized at the concert.