As we noted in this space yesterday, Memorial Day should always be about more than camping trips, barbecues and a three-day weekend. The federal holiday, which was officially declared in the late 1960s, should be about honoring the brave men and women who have for more than two centuries served in our armed forces, some making the ultimate sacrifice.
Of course, thanks to a busy calendar of local Memorial Day events, you can pay respect to those countless men and women today, while still spending time with friends and loved ones in Marquette County.
Memorial Day parades will take place in Republic - starting at 9:30 a.m. - and in Negaunee - beginning at 10 a.m. - and both displays will be followed by memorial ceremonies in the local cemeteries.
Humboldt, Michigamme and Ishpeming will all also play host to brief Memorial Day ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. in each town's cemetery.
Finally, in the city of Marquette, the American Legion Post 44 will hold a Memorial Day Service at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery and another at 10:15 a.m. at Park Cemetery. Following the later service, refreshments will be served at the post, located at 700 W. Bluff St.
These services provide the opportunity for residents in all corners of the county to show their support and respect for our military members, past and present.
And, it seems, the long cold winter may finally be retreating from the region - high temperatures are projected to be in the 60s and 70s over the next week.
So relax today, get outside and spend time with your friends and family. And even if you are unable to get out to one of the official local ceremonies, please take a moment before the picnics and barbecues begin to stop and give thanks.