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Memorial Day Tribute from the Publisher of Lake Hartwell Guide

As the sun rises over the serene waters of Lake Hartwell, we are reminded of the freedom and tranquility we enjoy daily. This freedom comes at a tremendous cost, and today, on Memorial Day, we pause to honor and remember the brave souls who paid the ultimate price for our liberty.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to all who have served and sacrificed, ensuring that future generations can live in peace and prosperity. Their courage and selflessness are the bedrock of our nation, and it is with profound respect that we remember their legacy.

Historically, Memorial Day has its roots in the aftermath of the Civil War, a conflict that shaped the very fabric of our nation. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was a time to honor the fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers, a tradition that continues to this day. This day of remembrance was established to ensure that the sacrifices of these brave individuals were never forgotten.

From the Lake Hartwell area, we have our own heroes whose stories echo through the annals of history. Among them is Corporal William T. Perkins Jr., a Vietnam War hero born in nearby Greenville, SC, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. His unwavering bravery and ultimate sacrifice are a testament to the valor that resides in our community. Another local hero is Sergeant Jason T. McMahon from Anderson, SC, who also gave his life in the service of our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom. These names, and many others, serve as poignant reminders of the price of freedom and the enduring spirit of our community.

On this Memorial Day, let us come together as a community to remember and honor these fallen heroes. As we enjoy our time with family and friends, let us reflect on the immeasurable sacrifices made by those who served. Their legacy is not just etched in the memorials and cemeteries, but in the freedoms we cherish every day.

To the families who have lost loved ones in service, we extend our heartfelt condolences and eternal gratitude. Your loved ones are our heroes, and their sacrifices will never be forgotten. May we all strive to honor their memory by living lives worthy of their sacrifice.

With deepest gratitude,

Terry Kemmy, Publisher, Lake Hartwell Guide

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