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As we all enjoy the benefits of a long weekend and time with family, food and friends, let’s not forget the real reason for Memorial Day.  For a small percent of families Memorial Day is not only a day to honor the memory of those who died while serving their county, it is a painful reminder of a loss; the loss of their own loved one.

I wrote here last falll, that my work office is across the street from the State of Oregon’s war memorials and how that has impacted me as I walk through the park like setting on a occasional lunch hour.

Yesterday I decided  that for this Memorial Day I would create a video not only about Memorial Day, but in honor to the memory of those Oregonians who names are listed on the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial Just south of Summer and D streets. For those that most recently gave their life for their country.

So here is a reminder that “Freedom isn’t Free.” The music is from the song, Some Gave All, by Billy Ray Cyrus.