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Editorial: Spare a minute to pay tribute this weekend

When 5 p.m. rolls around on Friday, thousands of Minnesotans will push back from their desks, start their cars and head for the lake. Others will start making plans to hit weekend sales or to work on projects around the house. It's the first long weekend of the summer. It's a chance to fire up the grill and relax or an opportunity to get things done.

For many, that's all it is. And that's too bad.

Memorial Day weekend is not about getting an extra day away from work or school. It's not about saving money or finally getting the boat in the water. As the name suggests, it's about remembering. It's about paying tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives fighting for their country.

Now more than ever that message should be prominent in the minds of Rosemount residents. For many Americans the memories of those who served and didn't return are fresher than ever.

Elsewhere in this issue of the Town Pages you will find information about the 34th Red Bull Division, the Rosemount-based National Guard soldiers who are settling into the early stages of an historic tour in Iraq. If all goes well those soldiers will all return home safe when their tour is over. But spare them a thought nonetheless. Send them a good wish.

In Rosemount, veterans and others will gather at 8:45 a.m. Monday at Central Park for a ceremony around the city's veterans' memorial. There will be music from the 34th Infantry Division band's wind ensemble. The ceremony is a tradition, and it typically draws a good, respectful crowd. Stop by if you have a minute.

If you don't, find some other way to remember those who have served. Don't worry. The fish will wait.