Remember vets on Memorial Day

On Monday, our nation will pause to observe Memorial Day. We'll have a day off from work and we'll probably have a picnic with our family.
After all, that's what the holiday is all about, right? It's the end of school. It's the kick-off to summer.
Wrong. Memorial Day is much more than those things. It's a day we've set aside to remember those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedoms and to secure our nation. Many of those paid the ultimate price – sacrificing their lives so that we can be free.
Locally, Memorial Day services will be held in Brownstown (11 a.m. Monday at the VFW Veterans' Memorial Wall in Brownstown City Park) and St. Elmo (1:30 p.m. at the Veterans' Memorial Wall outside the Phillips Building on U.S. Route 40). For details, see the Calendar of Events on page 2.
 Take time this weekend to attend one of those services and reflect on the freedom our nation enjoys. We are the envy of people around the globe, but unfortunately, we often take those freedoms for granted.
 And if you know a veteran, make it a point to tell them thanks. It'll mean a lot.
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