The Memorial Day weekend is coming to an end, but there is still time to enjoy one more BBQ, get out on the lake, and most importantly remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. At Lake Nockamixon, hitting the water ruled the day for many families, some in kayaks, others flying drones, and some just taking pictures on the beach. Many relaxing now say they took part in parades or ceremonies remembering those who died on the battlefield. In Nazareth, the pool offered a discount to veterans, just as a way to give thanks. Those who served in the military could take a dip in the pool for just a dollar. Something they remember while at the grill or teaching their children while getting a scoop of ice cream to keep cool.
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The practice of firing gun salutes has existed for centuries. Early warriors demonstrated peaceful intentions by placing their weapons in a position that rendered them ineffective. Starting in the fourteenth century, as firearms and cannons that contained only one projectile came into use, discharging the projectile before entering a friendly port demonstrated that they were unloaded. The rendering of gun salutes in odd numbers may be traced to the superstition that odd numbers were considered lucky. Seven, for example, was believed by early civilizations to have mystical powers.
Wisconsin Firefighter Thomas Mahar is bent over as he catches his breath after climbing one round of nine stories of stairs, Sept. Mahar, and other firefighters and area residents were honoring the firefighters who died in the Sept. Miku Stone plays taps Sunday morning Sept.