Each year, we pause to reflect on the blessing of freedom and give thanks to those who sacrificed their lives in order for us to have this right. We may gather together with friends and family, enjoy a picnic or barbecue or attend a baseball game, but we always stop to remember the countless number of soldiers whose lives were lost in battles to keep our freedoms alive. We shall forever be grateful for the sacrifice made by those individuals as well as their families. To all of our readers, have a safe, happy and thankful Memorial Day. And to our readers who are veterans or are the family of someone who has served, we offer our heartfelt thanks.