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Let us bow our heads on Monday to honor and remember our war heroes. Their full measure of devotion is responsible for our ability to live as we choose in these great United States.

Paraphrasing Father Dennis O’Brien, a former U.S. Marine sergeant, it is not the pastor we owe for freedom of religion, the poet for freedom of speech or the journalist for freedom of the press. It is the soldier we must thank. It is our boys and girls in blue, green, khaki and serving in some god-forsaken corners of the globe that do the heavy lifting that keeps the rest of us free.

The next time you see one of our sons or daughters in uniform thank them for their service. Pay their check on your way out of the restaurant. They and their families sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy and too often take for granted.

Our Memorial Day services begin at 11 a.m. at the Madera County War Memorial in Courthouse Park. Music, speeches and prayers at the public gathering bring a sense of community to our hometown, everyone is welcome...


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