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May 25, 2013

OPINION: On Memorial Day, remember the ones left behind

Moms, dads, brothers, sisters, spouses and children all will spend their final days with huge holes in their hearts

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JACKSONVILLE —

That's why for families like ours, Memorial Day is such an important holiday: Because for a little while, people across the country not only remember the fallen, but their families, too. Especially their families.

So while you’re celebrating the three-day weekend, offer a 'thank you' for those men and women who didn’t make it home from their last assignment … it's the very least you can do to recognize them for their ultimate offering as member of our armed forces.

And then, remember the ones they left behind: The moms and dads, the brothers and sisters, the spouses and children who will spend their final days with huge holes in their hearts — holes created by the loss of their loved ones.

Because Memorial Day also is about honoring these families, who, through no choice of their own, made an ultimate sacrifice.

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