File PhotoPastor Ron Ritter, Commander, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired). ■ By Ronald Ritter / Contributed This coming weekend, Americans throughout our country will pause to remember and give thanks for those who have paid and continue to pay the ultimate price – their lives, for the preservation of peace and freedom in our communities, cities, states and nation. The joyful celebrations that accompany Memorial Day Weekend in America invariably are tempered by the recognition that peace and freedom are never free. There are always men and women who, by their sworn duty as military members or peace officers at the local, state and national levels, sacrifice their lives if need
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