There is a tendency on Memorial Day, even now with U.S. troops stationed across a restive Middle East, to focus on the past.
With two World Wars, Vietnam, the Korean War and other military conflicts under our collective belt, there is certainly much to memorialize. But as cities across the nation are starting to realize, an influx of new, younger military veterans returning home from current tours of duty is forcing some adjustments.
From Burbank to the Foothills, our local communities have long traditions of honoring those who have served their country in the military. But new challenges brought on by the conflicts in the Middle East have prompted a new look at how to best serve our returning service men and women.