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Veterans deserve our thanks

Monday will be the official kickoff of summer for many of us. The swimming pools will be open, high school graduations will be nearly wrapped up and some will fire up their grills for the first time this season.

And while all those things are a great start to one of the most fun times of year, none of them would be possible without the sacrifices of the thousands of men and women who have served or are serving in our nation’s military.

But this is something that Lawrence Countians already know and cherish. That’s why this county has the longest continually-running Memorial Day parade in the country.

At 10 a.m. Monday, the Ironton-Lawrence Memorial Day Parade will step off for its 146th march around the city.

Many county — as well as Tri-State residents — view the parade with their families as a tradition that goes back generations.

For those who have never attended the event, it is so much more than just a parade.

It is a way to honor our veterans with the pomp and fanfare they deserve for sacrificing their lives to ensure each one of us can enjoy the freedoms we often take for granted.

The parade is truly an impressive display to behold. We encourage everyone to bring his or her family and enjoy the day in Ironton. And if you see a veteran or someone who is still active in the military, please give them a hand shake or hug and tell them thank you for their service.