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Memorial Day isn’t just a break from work: Column

May. 23, 2014 USA Today

The plans for this Memorial Day have been made. A picnic in the park, a short vacation to the lake, a trip to the shopping mall, or maybe a visit to a military memorial or a parade. These are all well deserved rests – Americans work hard. However, as Americans, we need to force ourselves to pause and remember the fallen.

On Memorial Day, we remember those that fell in combat during America’s conflicts. It could be a U.S. Army paratrooper at Bastogne during World War II, a U.S. Marine on the banks of the frozen Chosin Reservoir in Korea, a U.S. Navy Sailor patrolling theMekong Delta in Vietnam or a U.S. Air Force pilot bombing southern Iraq during Desert Storm.

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