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Remembering

Editorial for May 31, 2001

Memorial Day is a legal holiday in the Untied States. It is designated as a date to honor the memory of the dead servicemen and servicewomen of all wars.

Whether you knew anyone who served in battle and lost their life in the process or not, Memorial Day is a special time to look back and reflect on the sacrifices of all the veterans from all the nation's wars.

In a real sense, virtually all of what we as a society enjoy now in terms of our way of life and standard of living has become a reality due to the ultimate sacrifices of the men and women who gave their lives in defense of the United States and its values.

In downtown White Salmon on Monday, the main streets were lined with rows of American flags, as they are every Memorial Day. The sight is a poignant, silent tribute to those many thousands who died in combat while working to protect the freedoms we as a society sometimes (and ought never) take for granted.

Last week, this newspaper ran a political cartoon that really sums up the magnitude of what our deceased veterans have given all of us. It showed a map of the United States, with the caption suggesting that our entire nation is truly the ultimate memorial to their heroic stand.

The Enterprise joins in honoring the sacrifices of those veterans who are gone, and in recognizing the pain of all those family members and friends who loved them and grieved when they fell in battle.

JB

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