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Editorial: Stop, salute, remember

Memorial Day is the time we set aside to observe and reflect on the price many have paid for the freedoms we take for granted.

Many paid the ultimate sacrifice -- from the Minutemen of the Revolutionary War to those who have died in the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- and many surviving veterans pay the price of silence -- including World War II Women's Auxiliary Army Corp veteran Wilma "Billie" Thorie Nadeau featured in today's edition -- because they don't feel appreciated or don't want to remember.

It's our job to honor them by observing Memorial Day. There are numerous opportunities in just about every community in the area.

Many of us will take part in ceremonies to recognize the selfless sacrifices of those who have answered the call to military duty and served their country. More informally, for those unable to observe a ceremony, everyone should set aside a moment of quiet reflection to remember and honor those who have fallen in the nation's long struggle for freedom.