While Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those among us who have served their country, Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember and honor those who gave the ultimate service to their country.
Today is that day.
And we hope you have plans to attend this afternoon's Memorial Day ceremony at the Taylor County War Memorial at 2 p.m.
It takes a special kind of person to be willing to fight for their country, knowing that it could cost their life. And it takes a special family to support that loved one in their determination to serve.
There are war memorials in communities across the country just like ours. And behind the names engraved on those memorials are stories of real people ... people who left loved ones behind to mourn ... people who died before they should have.
They died, not because they wanted to be heroes but because they took an oath to serve their country and to fight on our behalf - so we wouldn't have to.
No, they didn't want to leave their loved ones behind. They did not want to look into the eyes of their children and say goodbye, knowing it was quite possibly the last time they would do so.
No, they didn't want to, but they did.
And for that, we are grateful.
And we will be there today ... to remember and to honor.