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Remembering Our Soldiers in Arms

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I put the American Flag out at my house yesterday. It’s Memorial Day Weekend and my first thought is always of the soldier: the ones in the field, the ones who were there and the ones who never came home.

I was never in the armed forces, but many in my family were going back to the Civil War. There were four WWII combat vets on my block here in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, where Pheasants Forever is headquartered, when I moved here 20 years ago. I got to know them all and listened to their stories. I thanked them for their service. They are all gone now, but their deeds are not forgotten by the many people they helped liberate in Africa, Europe and the Far East where they fought.

Many Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever chapters hold shooting events for vets; many of our members are vets. Our armed forces have secured many freedoms for us, including the right to bear arms so we can pursue our favorite past times of shooting and hunting and conserving wildlife.

So, if you have a flag, fly it so those who fought for our freedoms, here and gone, know we remember them and value their sacrifices. If you know a vet, shake their hand this weekend and thank them for their service. In this world, we will need them again someday.

The Nomad is written by Mark Herwig, Editor of the Pheasants Forever Journal and Quail Forever Journal. Email Mark at mherwig@pheasantsforever.org.

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