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Just Askin': What does Memorial Day mean to you?

On Memorial Day, The McDuffie Mirror asked people what the day meant to them

Brad Arrington, after making a purchase at Raysville Bait and Tackle -- "It means a day for family to get together and get around and have a good time. Basically, it's a time for family."

Wanda Tankersley, while working behind the counter at Raysville Bait and Tackle -- "It's a day when we are supposed to remember our veterans, especially the ones that died for our freedom. My husband is a veteran, so I always remember our soldiers, even though I have to work on some Memorial Days."

Stein Jacobsen, as he prepared to go boating with his wife and children -- "It means recognition for the guys and gals that served our country."

Kevin Cowart, when he took a break form jet skiing -- "Oh Lord, you put me on the spot. Right now, it means fun at the lake."

Kim Prater, spending time at Raysville Boat Club -- "Let me think a minute. It's a time to remember all of our veterans and soldiers who have fought and are fighting for our freedom."

Stephanie Reville, 8, while at the lake waiting for dinner from the grill -- "The soldiers, they went to the war in Iraq to fight."

Jerry Carter, a member of the cart crew at Wal-Mart, while gathering carts in the parking lot -- "For me, it means a day for the veterans. I have so much respect for them because this day is for them. If not for them, then this country and our lives would not be as good as they are."

Malika Buntley, while taking care of customers at the snack shop at Wal-Mart -- "First, I think it's to be in reverence to what our soldiers sacrificed and what they are sacrificing. It also allows us a chance to get together with friends and family."

Petrell Avera, 15, while walking near Bi-Lo -- "A lot of people think it's just a holiday, but it's so much more. The main part of it is to remember our soldiers and loved ones and what they did for us."

Thomson Police Officer Josh Caston, while riding shotgun with Officer Jimmy Shelton as the two prepared to patrol West Hill Street for law breakers. -- "It's about a day to remember the Americans that fought and made the country the way it is today."

Roy Greengrass as he pushed his son and daughter on Main Street -- "In a way, it's a sad day because of all the people who had to die so that I'm privileged to do this on a day off in a free country"

Web posted on Thursday, June 3, 2004

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