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A Memorial Day Weekend Tribute

The three-day Memorial Day weekend is about the fun of getting together with family and friends for cookouts, camping expeditions, fishing excursions, river float trips, etc.

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However, Memorial Day weekend is truly about saluting and remembering those individuals in the U.S. Military who lost their lives while in the service to our country, particularly in combat.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.

My thoughts also drift to my son-in-law, Tyler Nichols of Omaha, NE. Tyler is currently serving with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC.

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Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.

Tyler and the 82nd just completed celebrating a very special week of activities and exercises. Called All American Week, it was the division’s premiere event to maintain close ties with its veterans and honor fallen comrades. Impressive images over Fort Bragg showed soldiers parachuting out of planes, showing off their skills.

Photo courtesy of the 82nd Airborne Division.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.

Memorial Day weekend is when we are to remember, honor and reflect upon those individuals who died while in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces. But, I also believe that it’s another avenue to recognize all veterans including those who presently protect our freedom and help to ensure the opportunity to enjoy time in the great outdoors! Thanks, Tyler!

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About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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