Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for so many. Although the three-day weekend is something for which to look forward, let us not forget the real meaning of the day.

Remembering those who have given their lives in the line of duty this Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, can be done in many ways. Visiting a cemetery, attending a ceremony in your community, observing a time of silence or prayer are a few ways to honor our fallen soldiers.

For those who have lost loved ones in military service we are also thinking of you today and always.

When making our life decisions and valuing what is important let us remember who gave us the freedom to do so. Being role models to our youth by respecting our flag, standing for the National Anthem and honoring God and country are not just virtues of yesteryear. It is up to us to foster grace and merit in community and nation.

Kathy Diekman, director of

Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton

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