On Monday, remember our vets

On Monday, our nation will pause to remember.

Well recall the freedoms we often take for granted.

Well remember the men and women who have sacrificed to keep us free.

Well reflect on our responsibilities as citizens.

But will we really fully appreciate the importance of Memorial Day? Probably not. For the majority of us, sacrificing for our country is still an abstract concept one to which we have no direct personal connection.

We may have a relative or friend who has served or is serving in the military. But we dont know the horrors of war personally. We dont know what it was like to storm the beaches of Normandy. We dont know the haunting fear of jungle warfare in Vietnam. We dont know what its like to drive a truck down the mine-strewn streets of Baghdad. And weve not felt the aching loneliness of being separated from family and loved ones as we serve out our commitment.

But even if we havent been there ourselves, this weekend is a time to honor those who have been.

Services are planned in at least three Fayette County communities Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Vandalia (at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Home), Monday at 10 a.m. in Brownstown (in Central Park) and Monday at 1:30 p.m. in St. Elmo (at the new Veterans Memorial on U.S. Route 40). For details, see the story on page 13 of todays paper.

Whatever your plans for the weekend, take time to remember those who have made it possible for us to live in a free nation.

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