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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Remembering the terrible costs of freedom

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Greg Peck
May 24, 2013

Well-wishers paid fitting tribute Wednesday night in Beloit to 200 military veterans and “Rosie the Riveters” who were returning home from a four-day VetsRoll trip to view the war memorials in Washington, D.C.

For the aging World War II and Korean War veterans on the VetsRoll trip, it was a way to remember their fallen comrades.

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. We get an extra day off from work and often fill it with barbecues, baseball and beer. We should take time, however, to reflect on those heroes who gave their lives for the freedoms we all enjoy. These include the freedom to speak out and petition against our government, the freedom to assemble peacefully, the freedom to worship any god we choose, and the freedom The Gazette and all media enjoy.

What will you do to remember these heroes? We’ll offer a few suggestions in our editorial Sunday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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