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Remember Memorial Day

Rita Martin

Memorial Day is today. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind the citizens of Summit County just what exactly it means.

For most of us it means a three-day holiday, barbecues and beer. And that’s great. Enjoy your weekend, eat all the brats and burgers you can and drink (responsibly) the beer. However, today, take a few minutes out your revelry and remember our men and women in the armed forces, both long ago and now, here and far away, who protect your right to eat, drink and be merry.

Memorial Day, as it implies, is a day of remembrance for those who died in the fight for freedom. In light of the events of the past year and the continued threat, it seems to me that now, more than ever, it is appropriate to remember these people. In December 2000, a resolution was passed which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to “Taps’.”

For those who wish to attend a memorial service for fallen veterans, I highly recommend the service at the top of Hoosier Pass or the 10th Mountain Division service at Tennessee Pass, which takes place today at 11 a.m.

Have a safe Memorial Day.


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