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Remember those who gave all this Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, a day best spent honoring those who died while serving our country in times of war and conflict.

Originally a day to honor all those who died fighting for the north in the Civil War, by the time it became an official federal holiday in 1968, the holiday spread to honor all those who died serving in the armed forces during times of war.

We're fortunate to live in a country where we are free to debate and question our government in the open. We get to do that because brave men and women paid the ultimate price in wars dating back to the start of our country in 1776 through today's armed conflicts in the Middle East and around the world.

We have been blessed with an opportunity to spend time with family and friends during this weekend. Today, though, take some time this morning to attend a Memorial Day ceremony. In Jamestown at 9 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on First Avenue South there will be a ceremony and speaker, then a wreath ceremony at Nickeus Park afterward. There will be wreath ceremonies at cemeteries around Jamestown with all invited for a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Fort Seward, with lunch following at the All Vets Club.

There are also ceremonies at Pettibone, Woodworth, Edgeley, Kensal, Medina and other small communities around Stutsman County.

It isn't very often we pause and reflect on what the cost of freedom is. Memorial Day is one of the days we are asked to do so. So take a moment today to remember those who gave all.