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Editorial: Much to think about on Memorial Day

Decoration Day, now called Memorial Day, is a time of remembrance. Monday is that day.

Historical documents show it began as a day that women's groups gathered to decorate the graves of those who lost their lives fighting.

It is our hope that residents think of the fallen beyond this national holiday. But for many, these losses and sacrifices don't often cross their minds. Please find space for just one minute of this one day to honor the fallen.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton sent a memo on the National Moment of Remembrance. This calls for a minute moment of silence and remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.

"This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms," the order reads.

If 3 p.m. doesn't suit, take time later, earlier or even better, get involved with a local organization that keeps veterans' parks, memorials and veterans in tip-top shape.

A fine organization and project to get drawn into is the Stark County Veterans Memorial Association which is working to erect a veterans' memorial at Prairie Outpost Park.

Dickinson Memorial Day services begin at 10 a.m. on Monday at Dorothy Stickney Auditorium in May Hall at Dickinson State University.

If the family can't take that moment for remembrance during the holiday picnic, or there is no time in such a busy life to get involved, next time you look up and see Old Glory, put your head down to think of those who have fallen.

Publisher Harvey Brock and Editor Jennifer McBride are on The Dickinson Press Editorial Board.