"The thing about remembering is, if you don't remember the person, they died twice," said Tobin, a former Marine, paraphrasing from the book "Night" by Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps.
"Make sure you remember," said Tobin. "I think a lot of people do, and it is important now with the Iraq War."
Tobin served 10 months in Vietnam stationed with the Marines in Da Nang. He came home in 1970. Returning home then was different for troops, he said.
For one, military personnel didn't come home with their units, they came home alone. And often the politics of the war followed closely behind.
That isn't happening anymore, he said.
There is a distinction between those who make war and those that fight them, he said. That is important for a soldier, and it is important to remember on this Memorial Day, said Tobin.
This weekend's events will be held at the West Albany and Latham Kiwanis pocket parks in Colonie. To learn more about the events and time, contact the town's Parks and Recreation Department at 783-2760.