Meaning of Memorial Day

Col. Kurt A. Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing commander, has always honored fallen servicemembers on Memorial Day due to the scars of war he has seen on his father George. Maj. George Matthews, Ret., is a decorated war hero. He flew as a Vietnam pilot and was awarded the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroics. George flew fighter-bomber missions in the A-26 Invader over Southeast Asia to halt war supplies being transported along the Ho Chi Minh trail from Dec. 1966 - Oct. 1967. George lost his brother Aitken "Kenny" Matthews in Vietnam the previous year on Feb. 14, 1966. George instilled in Kurt at a young age the meaning of Memorial Day. George visits 13 friends whose names are on the wall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cathleen Snow)

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