Although the calendar says the start of summer is several weeks away most Minnesotans regard the Memorial Day weekend as the official kickoff of our warmest and brightest season.
School is winding down. Road construction is in full swing. Seasonal residents are opening up their cabins.
Late spring is an incredibly busy time in the Brainerd lakes area but it's important to take time to commemorate Memorial Day. This year, in particular, the sacrifices of those who lost their lives while serving their country should be on everyone's minds. Both the horrors and heroics of war were brought into our living rooms through media reports of the U.S. war against Iraq. Many younger Americans who had no direct connections to those who fought in World War II and the Korean War could readily identify with the armed forces personnel and their families who've been part of this latest war.
And Americans, who sometimes have notoriously short attention spans, should be mindful that there are still thousands of armed forces members in harm's way in such hot spots as Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and South Korea. They continue to make daily sacrifices and are separated from their loved ones for long periods of time so that we can be secure at home.
Memorial Day cuts across all political lines in the U.S., just as enemy bullets fail to distinguish a soldier's ideology. The savagery of war is parceled out on an equal opportunity basis.
Take time to reflect on those who've fought and in some cases died for the liberties we enjoy. If possible, pay your respect to them by attending one of the area's several Memorial Day activities.
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