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A day to remember sacrifices

Memorial Day is a time to remember all the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the sake of others while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

In Lincoln County, one does not have to look hard to find something that honors the memory of these servants of their nation and fellow-man.

The Military Museum on South Whitworth Avenue — open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and by appointment — houses numerous military artifacts and memorabilia unique to Lincoln County. Friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy to answer questions and give impromptu tours.

Gravesites of former military personnel are often decorated with miniature flags or flowers as tokens of appreciation to them and their families.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2618 in Brookhaven conducts an annual Memorial Day Ceremony to honor the county’s fallen. This year’s ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Monday in its typical location, at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Lincoln County-Brookhaven Government Complex.

There’s nothing wrong with grilling burgers and hot dogs, swimming, fishing or any other way you may choose to celebrate the national holiday, but we urge you to do two things as you take advantage of whatever time off you have.

First, be safe in everything you do. No drinking and driving. Don’t be foolish with weapons or fireworks. And try to avoid doing anything that starts with the words, “Watch this,” or, “Hold my beer.”

Second, take time to remember the men and women who have given their lives in service. It is always a good idea to be grateful to and for those still serving, but the primary focus of this holiday is to be grateful for the freedoms and safety we have that were secured by those who are no longer with us.

We wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend, and we are grateful to the men and women who gave all they had so we could live free.