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Editorial: Pay tribute to fallen veterans on Monday

Farmington and Rosemount residents have a long history of serving their country, and both cities have developed strong traditions of paying tribute to those who lost their lives in service.

Those traditions will continue Sunday and Monday with a series of ceremonies. Activity starts Sunday in Farmington and continues to Memorial Day itself Monday. Rosemount will hold its traditional Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning.

The Monday morning events have become popular in both cities. They are well attended by people with military service in their families, and by families who simply want to take a moment to remember the sacrifices made by strangers to keep them safe.

The veterans' groups that put them on do a good job. The ceremonies are moving. They provide a good opportunity for reflection.

The main ceremonies are typically the best attended. They will draw several hundred people to Corinthian Cemetery in Farmington and to Central Park in Rosemount. Smaller groups will follow the activity to other local cemeteries afterward, perhaps to pay tribute to someone special to them or maybe just to say a general thank you.

Local veterans' groups deserve a lot of credit for the work they put into these ceremonies. It is clear they are important to them. Residents also deserve credit for showing up and paying their respects. It is easy to treat Memorial Day weekend as just an extended break from work, but it is more than that. It is a chance to remember, and to give thanks for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

Whether or not you attend a ceremony on Monday, take a moment to remember that.