We hope more people from the community will take time out of their mornings to join the American Legion in Memorial Day events.

When the guns ring out, where will you be? No doubt, many will still be sleeping in, enjoying the end of a long weekend. It’s only natural to sleep in on a holiday.

But the Emmette J. Shields Post #55 of the American Legion Honor Guard will be up bright and early to honor the men and women who have served in the United States military. They do this each year, and it seems fewer and fewer have come to watch the ceremonies and remember what it has taken to secure freedom in this country.

It could be due to lack of knowledge of the American Legion Post events, or a declining appreciation for the meaning of Memorial Day.

But the American Legion will still be there, saluting fallen comrades of the past and present.

At Grand View Funeral Home, they’ll be there.

At the Hannibal riverfront, they’ll be there.

At Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Holy Family Cemetery, Robinson Cemetery, Barkley Cemetery, River View Cemetery, Old Baptist Cemetery, Pleasant View Cemetery... they’ll be there.

We hope more people from the community will take time out of their mornings to join the American Legion in these events. Because while many Americans were home leading normal lives when the guns went off in dangerous places around the world, military men and women were there, in harm’s way.

When the guns go off in remembrance of those brave people this Memorial Day, we hope you’ll be there — either in person or in spirit — honoring those who put themselves in harm’s way.