Lance Scranton: Thank you veterans

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"I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world."

— President Ronald Reagan

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Lance Scranton

When I watch, read and hear the news today, I am reminded of President Reagan’s quote from a past Memorial Day observance. Sheltered as we are from the serious affairs of protecting liberty, it is easy to discount the sacrifices that have been made by our servicemen who lost their lives fighting for the ideals we take for granted today.

Memorial Day begins for our family with a traditional remembrance of those who have fallen. We attend the service at the local cemetery and listen to each one of the names of men and women who have died in service to this country or have passed on and are being honored for their service.

Many of the names are people I’ve never met or never knew but as I get ready to begin my 17th year in Craig, I am beginning to recognize a few, and I’m constantly amazed by the power of remembrance. It seems silly to some that you would go to a graveyard and listen to people say the names of people who are dead and gone. Most people, as evidenced by the busyness of the day, seem to have forgotten about the service entirely.

Life goes on around us, events take place, people are busy, it’s a holiday, the downtown activities are likely more fun, it’s hot standing around the graveyard and there are many other things to be done.

Hopefully, as you celebrated all the fun activities this Memorial Day, you took at least a minute to think about the real reason for the long weekend. You thought about all those men and women, from our community who helped make all of the freedoms we enjoy possible. You at least gave a thought to how great it is to live in a country that is free enough to afford us the privileges we enjoyed Monday.

If you didn’t, shame on you.

At least that’s what I think.

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