Don't forget to remember

Published 7:41 pm Monday, May 28, 2007

By Staff
Monday will be a holiday for the majority of folks. I know the banks, post office and government offices will be closed. There may or may not be garbage pick-up service tomorrow depending on where you live and who is your garbage-picker-upper. I assume most other businesses will be open so you'll be able to get a new ice chest at the local retailer and then go to a local grocery store and fill it up for a trip to the beach, the creek or the backyard.
Those of us who work at The Brewton Standard will also be working to make sure you have a newspaper filled with information and interesting tid-bits on Wednesday. Just because it's a holiday, the news doesn't stop happening.
As a matter of fact, some news happens because of holidays. Take for instance special services. There will be a special Memorial Day service tomorrow on the lawn in front of the Escambia County Courthouse put on by the American Legion and the Veterans Affairs.
Another place to find news just sort of happens. The Alabama Department of Public Safety is estimating 17 people will lose their lives in traffic accidents over the long holiday period that ends at midnight on Monday. Now I certainly hope that I don't have to cover any traffic accidents, but there is that chance.
The kind of things I'd like to cover are barbecues, family reunions and holiday gatherings. Since I haven't been invited to any of the aforementioned events, I guess I'll just wait to see what &#8220just happens.”
With all of the travel, cookouts and pool parties that are sure to take place on Monday, the true reason for the holiday may be forgotten by many people. The holiday is called Memorial Day for a reason - to remember something special.
The something special we are supposed to remember are the men and women who have died fighting for our right to travel, cook-out and have a pool party without fear of being shut down by the government or terrorists. (Uncle Bob with his super-soaker water gun does not qualify as a terrorist, sorry!)
I appreciate their efforts and I, too, sometimes forget to remember them.
I hope that as you enjoy your time with family, friends or just a relaxing day off from your job, that you will remember those who've died to give you the freedom to do what you enjoy.
Remember those who didn't bat an eye when they were told they'd have to fight in a war.
Remember those who didn't flinch when the bullets were whistling over their heads.
Remember those who thought about their mamas, wives, husbands and children as they lay bleeding on the battlefield.
Remember those who gave you the freedom you enjoy today.
Lisa Tindell is a news reporter for The Brewton Stanard. She can be reached at 867-4876 or by email at

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