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Vol. LXIII, No. 21
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Question of the Week:

“Do you think of anyone in particular on Memorial Day and what does the day mean to you?”


“Since I have been a representative of more than 700 thousand people, I have come to know many families who have lost members to our national service. I think of a number of them. It is different when you feel a sense of responsibility for so many people. I still think of Memorial Day as Decoration Day. It is a time to express appreciation for veterans and their families, but ultimately it is a time to remember those who have died in service.”

Congressman Rush Holt

“I think of my twin brother who died of injuries sustained during the Vietnam War and an older brother who was missing during the Korean War for six months. But I also think of all the fallen heroes who have served so that we can enjoy the freedoms that this country affords us. That is the meaning of the day. You turn on the TV and everyone is talking about Iraq, Iran and Pakistan, which even heightens the importance of today.”

Princeton Borough Mayor Mildred Trotman

“I think of my family members who have passed away and those of my husband’s. On Memorial Day, you can’t help but think of family. In this area, there are so many cemeteries — you see all those flags and you think of those who have been lost.”

Liz Kaman with husband, Malik, from California and just moving to Princeton


“We are obviously very proud, and it’s a big weekend and we celebrate their service and make sure that our daughter understands the importance of serving her country. I think of the men and women who served their country and are serving now.”

Brent Chaffee with Audrey, Princeton

“We honor the people who have and are serving our country and to spend time with family and friends.”

Liz Lempert, with daughters Ella Norman (helmet and Maggie, Princeton

“It’s a day to remember those who served as I’m doing now. I think of my father who is a Korean War vet, my grandfather, who is still with us, who is a Word War II vet, and a very special memory goes to out my brother who is no longer with us who was a sailor.”

SK1 Vanessa Mata, Navel Weapons Station Earle


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