In honor of those who serve

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When the Craig Daily Press first began printing "Hometown Heroes," we didn't know how well it would be received

We published the first list of names and pictures -- about a dozen -- on March 20, the morning after the U.S. launched its first missile strike with the hope of killing Saddam Hussein and bringing a quick end to the war.

Since then, we have run that list of names and pictures every day on pages 6 and 7 of our newspaper and the list continues to grow. It has reached nearly 50.

The purpose of running those names and pictures is to honor the service men and women who unselfishly serve our country as well as their families who also must endure sacrifices.

We learned this week that one of our own -- Jordan Ferrell -- was wounded in Iraq and thankfully has made a full recovery. But this incident is a reminder that the war "over there" has all-too real consequences for those of us "over here."

In honor of our service members, their families and the veterans of our community, the Craig Daily Press has organized, through the help of our local civic organizations and some businesses, a free community picnic to be held on May 17, Armed Services Day.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to City Park next to the VFW to share food and reflect upon the freedoms that we as a nation can never take for granted.

We hope to see you there.

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