The Memorial Day holiday traditionally marks the beginning of summer as we remember our veterans who have passed away, especially those who died in the line of duty.

With the social distancing restrictions beginning to be relaxed this may very well have been the first weekend many felt comfortable getting together for family events or taking a trip to the lake or river.

While the three-day weekend offered the opportunity for family fun, it also offered time for reflection on the sacrifices that have been made through the years by our men and women in uniform.

My boys have participated in placing flags at one of the cemeteries in Paragould the past few years, and we were afraid they would have to skip that activity this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They were able to go on Thursday, though, and help place small flags on the graves of the veterans who are buried in the cemetery. What a wonderful blessing for them to get to be a part of that remembrance.

I know for my boys finding the markers that designate a veteran, and especially finding the grave of someone they knew who served, and marking it with a flag is always meaningful.

It is great for young people, like the ones featured on the front page of this week’s TD, to help place flags when they can to remind them what the Memorial Day holiday is actually about.

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