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A holiday to pause and reflect
Take time this Memorial Day to remember our nation's history of sacrifice

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Date published: 5/26/2004

By LEE WOOLF

WE KNOW that Memorial Day is about much more than auto races, baseball games and hot dogs.

But it's easy for the true meaning of the holiday to slip from our grasp when we're lathered in suntan lotion and bug spray, playing volleyball with one hand and holding a chilled beverage in the other.

So this year, let's make a vow to remember.

Let's promise that sometime during the next several days we will seek out a quiet place--away from the laughing children and bowls of potato salad and baked beans--and let our minds revisit some of the places where young American soldiers died so that we may enjoy the quality of life we have today.

Lexington and Concord

Bunker Hill

Saratoga

Cowpens

Yorktown

New Orleans

The Alamo

Cerro Gordo

Mexico City

Bull Run

Antietam

Fredericksburg

Chancellorsville

Gettysburg

Vicksburg

The Wilderness

Spotsylvania Court House

San Juan Hill

Verdun

Argonne Forest

Pearl Harbor

Bataan

Midway

New Guinea

Sicily

Tarawa

Guadalcanal

Normandy

Anzio

Bastogne

Iwo Jima

Okinawa

Pusan

Inchon

Ia Drang Valley

Saigon

Khe Sanh

Hamburger Hill

Kuwait

Baghdad

Karbala

Nasiriyah

Najaf

Fallujah

Now, let's start another list for Memorial Day 2004 and beyond.

You

Me

Patriotism

Respect

Gratitude

Here's hoping your holiday is safe, fun and inspiring.

To reach LEE WOOLF: 540/720-5470 lwoolf@freelancestar.com