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Our opinion: Remember on this day

Memorial Day is the traditional beginning of summer. Residents here and around the northeast will likely venture out, take to the grills and gather with family as they always have done.

Heading to services to pay tribute to those who fought for our freedoms, however, is one holiday tradition that will be much tougher around the country due to restrictions on gathering. Here in Warren County, the decision was recently made to not hold the county ceremony. The Warren County commissioners discussed the event with Veterans Affairs Director Ed Burris.

Under the current pandemic circumstances and taking into consideration the governor’s prohibition on gatherings of more than 25 people, their conclusion was to recommend that the services not be held.

As reported by Brian Ferry last week, the event is traditionally held on the courthouse steps, putting it in the court of the commissioners. But they left the decision up to the veterans organizations, which decided to cancel the annual gathering.

“I believe it is the right decision,” Burris said. “I would hope that services will be able to be held next year.”

In fighting COVID-19, safety is everything. We back the decision, but still urge residents to take a moment and say a prayer for those who sacrificed for the freedoms we in America so cherish.

God bless all who serve as well as our great country.

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