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First of all, let me make it clear to you that I love to shop.

Unusual, I’m told, for a man.

And let me make it clear to you also, that, in spite of this, I do know that I am indeed, a man.

I have never wondered which restroom to use when it is time to answer natures call. I always go to the room with the “man” figure on it, even if sometimes the artsy, creative types that are in charge of those doors make it (sometimes) a bit more difficult to tell there is actually a male figure on the door.

I digress.

Not only do I like to shop, I love a good deal, hence the $6 golf shirt I am currently wearing that I proudly got at Costco — on sale, of course.

Be that as it may, this is not a column about shopping, but a column to let certain generations know that Monday is actually not a national day of saving.

(Note: If it means you are going to watch the movie, “Saving Private Ryan,” then, I’m all for that.)

I digress again.

Memorial Day started in about 1864 and has continued ever since, with the tally of lives invested in our freedom, now well over 1 million.

If you know a veteran or someone on active duty, go out of your way to thank them.

However, to quote Frederick Langston of the VFW, “Let us remember these freedoms were bought and paid for by the lives of others few of us actually knew.”

Take a moment this weekend for quiet reflection and thanks for such profound sacrifice.

Does that star spangled banner wave at your home?

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.

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