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Talking It Over: Where did the school year go?

I can't believe that it is already the end of another school year. Those days seemed to fly by and for anyone involved with school it is now a very busy time. Some may be preparing for graduation, younger students are traveling to the many field trips while parents and school staff are overwhelmed with the diverse schedules.

Many students are anxiously anticipating the carefree summer days ahead but it will also mean saying goodbye to some of their friends for a few months. In some cases they may even be saying good-bye for much longer to students and teachers who might move or retire at the end of the school year.

Over the next few weeks there will be several programs, trips and graduation ceremonies in the area. It is sure to keep us busy but there will also be one other important day that is totally unrelated to school days. On Monday, May 31, we will observe Memorial Day, a time to remember, honor and relax.

While traditionally Memorial Day was established to remember our fallen soldiers it has become a day to remember all our loved ones. Cemeteries are beautifully decorated with flowers and flags. Services are held to honor our heroes.

Families gather over graves to remember and embrace the days spent with those who are no longer with us.

Take a few moments out of your busy schedule this week to remember and honor your loved ones. Stop by the cemetery and just relax for a few minutes with those who lie there. In many ways, by doing this, it puts all our busy days, hectic schedules and fast-moving time into perspective. While all those things matter for now, the most important things in life are the people we love and the time spent with them should be cherished.