As we all take a little break to spend some time with friends and family on the unofficial start of summer weekend, please take some time to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did. ~Benjamin Harrison

Capt. Dave DeVries