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Honoring those who fought for our freedom

For many, the upcoming weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Many will have their grills out, take a trip to the beach, enjoy picnics and parades, and for many, a long weekend to spend with family and friends.

Nothing is more American than a hamburger or hot dog and we hope this is an enjoyable weekend for our readers.

However, one of the important things to remember is why we have this extra day off. It is about remembering and honoring those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today. Many of those lost their lives doing so.

Memorial Day means a lot of things to many people. As the temperatures continue to rise and the thermometers add more red, it is likely we will be spending a lot more time outdoors doing everything from holding a cookout to doing yard work.

No matter what it is you do, it is a choice.

Thanks to the men brave men and women who believed and fought for our freedoms, we all will have a choice of what activities we choose to participate in.

We encourage everyone to take a moment out of their busy times this weekend to take a moment to remember those people who helped maintain the everyday freedoms we enjoy – and sometimes take for granted.

Many of us have loved ones or friends who were in the military. Some laid down their lives in the line of duty to preserve and protect the ideals our forefathers believed in.

Throughout our coverage area, there will also be several parades and celebrations as part of Memorial Day. For a complete list, turn to the story on Page 24.

This weekend is about family and friends as well. Part of what makes Memorial Day special is both honoring the many brave men and women who served in the military, but also to live the ideals that America is built on.

That aspect should not be overlooked and we want you to take advantage of those freedoms.

There is nothing greater than this time of year. Spring is winding down. Winter is a distant memory and the first signs of summer are upon us.

It is always fun to see the different things people do over the holiday weekend. You may hear noise from one residence where they are having a Memorial Day party.

You will see others working in the garden and sprucing up their yards. Others may enjoy the sun and go for a walk or take their children to playgrounds.

The great part is that there is no right or wrong as to how to celebrate Memorial Day.

Ultimately, we hope you take a couple minutes out of your busy weekend and remember why this holiday exists.

And to those who fought for and currently fight for our freedoms, we say thank you.

• We would like to remind our readers that due to the Memorial Day holiday, The Sun offices will be closed Monday, May 27 and will reopen for normal business hours on Tuesday, May 28.

We would like to wish our readers a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

There are also many parades and celebrations happening throughout our area this weekend, and for a complete listing, turn to Page 25.

• As we begin to turn our attention to summer, The Sun will be the place to turn for events, fairs and other goings on. And a new and exciting one for Hamburg this year will be the All-American Soap Box Derby, which will take place on Saturday, June 29 (See complete story on the front page).

There is still time for children between the ages of 9 to 17 to sign up and participate. The cutoff date to sign up will be Monday, June 10, as those who do not have cars will have to buy and build one. The winner will move to the championships in Akron, Ohio from July 21-27.


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