A trib­ute to those who gave all

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As Me­mo­rial Day ap­proaches, we ask our read­ers to pause and re­mem­ber those brave ser­vice­men and ser­vice­women who have given their lives in the fight to pro­tect and up­hold our coun­try’s free­doms. We ask you to do no less this year — and we are even do­ing a lit­tle bit more our­selves.

Our sub­scribers will re­ceive in the mail a spe­cial Mon­day, May 29, edi­tion of the Mar yland In­de­pen­dent. This 44-page ex­tra is­sue will be en­tirely ded­i­cated to Me­mo­rial Day, and the rea­sons we mark it. It will also be avail­able on news­stands through­out Charles County, just like ev­ery other edi­tion of the Maryland In­de­pen­dent. The sin­gle-copy price will be the usual 75 cents.

In this spe­cial Me­mo­rial Day is­sue, you will read about:

• How a Hol­ly­wood fam­ily still mourns its young soldier killed 13 years ago in Iraq, and how they are try­ing to move on.

• An Amer­i­can Le­gion post in Hugh­esville, and its hon­or­ing of one of its name­sakes who was killed in World War II.

• An In­dian Head fam­ily who re­mem­bers its son and brother who was killed in Viet­nam.

• The re­cently de­ceased Amer­i­can Le­gion post com­man­der in Prince Fred­er­ick, and how her own personal legacy hon­ored those of the unit’s 1940s founders in the first African-Amer­i­can post in the re­gion.

• How a Mor­ganza fam­ily con­tin­ues to bat­tle the fed­eral gov­ern­ment over a soldier’s death from Agent Or­ange years af­ter he had served in South­east Asia.

• Mon­u­ments to those who died in World War I, and to a spe­cial band of com­rades — the United States Col­ored Troops — who fought with valor in the Civil War.

• A mu­seum ded­i­cated to telling the sto­ries of Maryland’s vet­er­ans from the revo­lu­tion to the pre­sent day.

• How a lo­cal cemetery has do­nated burial plots for South­ern Maryland vet­er­ans as a cour­tesy and con­ve­nience to their fam­i­lies, so they can visit their loved ones here in­stead of hav­ing to travel to Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Cemetery.

In ad­di­tion to these sto­ries and other fea­tures, there will also be a page pub­li­ciz­ing the many events and com­mem­o­ra­tions planned through­out South­ern Maryland for the hol­i­day week­end.

The names and faces fea­tured in this spe­cial Me­mo­rial Day edi­tion of the Maryland In­de­pen­dent are just some of the men and women from South­ern Maryland who, through­out our na­tion’s var­i­ous mil­i­tary con­flicts, gave their lives for their coun­try and the free­doms we en­joy to­day. The least we can do for our part is of­fer a means of record­ing and shar­ing their sto­ries.

So, as we en­ter into a three-day week­end fa­mous for its cook­outs, swim­ming pool open­ings and fam­ily gath­er­ings, we once again ask you to re­flect on the true rea­son be­hind the hol­i­day, and — if you would please take some time — to read the sto­ries about and pay re­spect to some of our re­gion’s bravest ser­vice mem­bers who never made it home.

All those of any era who serve in this na­tion’s mil­i­tary ac­cept the risk that their lives may be cut short dur­ing their time in uni­form. They honor their com­rades who have fallen. They re­mem­ber the hu­man cost of war. So should we all.

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