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May 21, 2014- Our View "Take time to honor war dead"

Don’t take your freedoms for granted this Memorial Day

Memorial Day is supposed to be a somber observance, a chance to remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

Yet, many Americans think of Memorial Day as a three-day weekend of drinking, boating, camping and fishing. In short, many Americans consider it a three-day party weekend to kick off the summer.

But freedom is not really free. Our three days of fun in the sun have been paid for in the blood of U.S. military personnel. That’s something we should not overlook this holiday season.

In North-Central Washington, observances are planned in Brewster, Republic, Tonasket, Methow Valley, Grand Coulee and the other locations.

The observances will include a laying of wreaths, gun salutes, posting of the Stars and Stripes, keynote speakers and the playing of “Taps.” All are meant to honor the men and women who gave their lives for all of us. And all are open to the public.

If this weekend’s festivities are taking you out of town, you can still honor our fallen soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines at a local cemetery.

Scouts and other groups will be putting American flags on the graves of our war dead throughout the area this week. And the Isle of Flags will fly all weekend long at Spring Canyon Cemetery in Grand Coulee.

We hope you’ll take time away from your summer-opening festivities this weekend to honor those who died protecting American freedom from tyranny.

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