A time to remember and honor the fallen


Monday is Memorial Day, a time when everyone should remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice so this great country can remain free. 
Generations of men and women have made the commitment to serve their country. Unfortunately, some of these commitments have come during the time of armed conflict, and many of those brave soldiers have never returned home alive.
As we bow our heads in respect, we should also take time to think of victims of the monster tornado that ripped through the community of Moore, Oklahoma on Monday. As of presstime, the storm killed 24 people, including some children and resulted in millions of dollars of damage. The tornado has been upgraded to an EF-5 category. The ranking, on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, puts the tornado in the same class as the deadliest in U.S. history, which hit Joplin, Mo., in 2011, killing 158 and injuring hundreds more. It is described as bad as it gets. It is the equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane with winds at more than 200 miles per hour.  
Memorial Day also serves as a kickoff to the summer months when vacations start, schools end, and kids begin to enjoy their three months of freedom. Watch out when you drive because the kids will be everywhere.