A visit to the cemetery

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Larry Zimmerman, Secretary South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs As Memorial Day approaches, it is a great time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence honoring those Americans who died while defending our nation and its values.

While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contributions they made to secure our nation’s freedom, we should especially commemorate them and their families on Memorial Day. Let us never forget how fortunate we are to live in freedom and let us always commemorate our history and honor the sacrifices these heroes gave to protect that freedom. Military life and ceremonies are inspired in tradition and symbolism, and funerals for our fallen are no exception. Let me share with you some of the symbolism of military funeral honors.


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