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5 ! What Haley Bowles Memorial Day is a day'fbr people to honor and remember our troops and veterans. People all ove]" ttfe nation honor veterans, fallen sol- diers, today's troops, and the ones (vho never returned home. It takes a strong and brave person to put their life on the line fro, their coun- try. It is very hard to imagine what troops have gone through to pro- teet our country, and people dofft give the troops enough thanks. I am very thankful of what the troops do and what veterans did in the past for the country. The veter- ans were hoping to give us a better future and a safer life, and they did. There are every day remind- ers of our soldiers that enter our minds Commercials to join the military make people think of the troops that are overseas fighting for us. Songs; parades, and movies show respect towards our soldiers and explain what they do for us. When the news announces the death of a local soldier, it really makes me think. I think of the sol- dier's family and how the death of a loved soldier impacts a life. Memorial Day isn't a day to just honor recent veterans. People honor soldiers from every war our country has been through. I have had soldiers on both sides of my family. Both of my grandfathers have served our country during wartime. My grandpa, Weldon Bowles, served during World War II as a CM3 on a naval ship. My other grandpa, John Rein, was a Memorial Day Means military policeman in Germany for two years, and after returning home, the Vietnam War had begun. He was sent to Fort Polk, Louisi- ana, but before he was deployed his brother passed away, so my grandpa was discharged. They were both proud of their positions and were willing to risk every- thing to serve their country. Today, my grandpa Bowles is above us among other passed veterans that we are honoring on this Memorial Day, while my grandpa Rein gives thanks to other veterans as he serves in our loeal military funer- als. There are many struggles a sol- dier goes through every day. I can't imagine having to leave my family and knowing in the back of my mind that I might not ever see them again. They deal with losing fellow soldiers without any family to comfort them. Soldiers fear the possibility of dying and not being able to say good-bye to the ones they love. During the holidays, especially Christmas, it has to be hard on all the men and women that are overseas. It is unbelievable that the troops can complete their job and do it well with all the dif- ferent worries on their minds. I don't know what it's like to be a soldier, but I thank them for being brave and taking on the hardest job there is in this world. Veterans deserve all the thanks in the world for what they did for our country and people. They put To Me their own lives on the line to pro- teet our lives. We all lake lhings for granted in our busy lives and we don't take the time to embrace it all. As a soldier, you view litb in a whole different way and you understand why certain things happen. Veterans respeet others and care for the people who help and support our country nearly every day. Some veterans are still in the war in their minds, and they ean "t get over the images and tasks they saw and went through in the war. Today, most people don't go out of their way to say thank you to a. veteran or to a serving soldier. A lot of Americans don't support our military for different reasons and others think that most soldiers are people who didn't have anywhere else to go in life after high school. They protect us and give us hope for the future. No one likes war, but we still have to support our troops and remember veterans. On this Memorial Day, I will remember the veterans for giving it all they had for the country. I would love to thank them for making a difference in our lives. They have made a huge impact in our nation' s history. I enjoy read- ing about their experiences in the all of the wars this country has been through. Without them we would have no freedom and secu- rity. There are not enough words of thanks to give to the veterans and today's military on Memorial Day. Emma Stewart and her grandfather - Wayne Rodman. What Memorial Day Means To Me Emma Stewart Memorial Day is a day for hon- oring the soldiers that are fighting for our county, soldiers who.have died while fighting for our coun- try, and participating in Memorial Day services with my family. To many people, Memorial Day is the beginning of summer. It is a time for barbecues, swimming, and family vacations. As families begin to celebrate, they should remember the true meaning of the holiday. I have been able to attend many Memorial Day services with my Grandpa and Grandma. Every year 'we go to the cemeteries and place flowers at the graves of our fallen soldiers and family. We listen as past soldiers speak about their time at war and honor those who died for our freedom. At the end of the ceremony when they play "Taps", it makes me think of the soldiers that will never return to their homes or families. The sacrifice that they made. so we could have freedom, is why I believe that Memorial Day is so important to remember. On Memorial Day I am reminded of my great,grandpa Wayne Rodman who served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He was stationed in Sweden from 1942-1945 in the Air Corp Supply. His company was in charge of supplying parts to repmr the airplanes that landed at their bse in Sweden. Because of his service to our country, we have our free- dora today. Every year when we celebrate Memorial Day, I try to take extra special care in thinking about those who sacrificed for me, but I try to do that throughout the year, because the Veterans deserve to be celebrated every day of the year. May we never forget those who served, lived and died for us. This is what Memorial Day means to me! What Memorial Day Means To Me The preceding Memorial Day essays written by Haley Bowles and Emma Stewart were read at the 2010 Me morial Day Services. LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING On Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance of the Mt. Pulaski Public Library District Notice is hereby given to the public that on August 17, 2010, at the hour of 6:30 pro. at the Mt. Pulaski Public Library, Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. a public hearing will be held on the Annual Budgetand Appropriation Ordinance for the Mt. Pulaski Public Library District for the fiscal year beginning July 1 2010 and ending June 30, 2011. Any person interested in said budget and ordinance may be present at said time and place and may be heard in regard to the budget and ordinance. The tentative budget is now on file with the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Mt. Pulaski Public Library District, at the library office, and may be reviewed Upon request prior to said hearing by the public. Date: June 15, 2010/S/Cathy Swigart. Secretary Board of Trustees - Mt, Pulaski Public Library District - 320 N. Washington St. Mr. Pulaski, Illinois 62548 00rich, Discover the reasons our officehas become a destination for quality orthodontic treatment in Central Illinois. Creating beautiful, healthy smiles for children and adultsl :.400 N., CHICA60 STREET,LINCOLN.; 217-732-1073 Games, antique tractors, and vintage cars 1 1 a.rn. registration for I  7 Antique tractor and vintage car show featuring Land of Lincoln Antique Engi & Tractor Club & Railsplitter Car Club, Nooll Serving of sandwiches, ice cream, cake, and soft drinks starts at the firehouse. 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