I know Memorial Day is about remembering and thanking fallen soldiers. But I want to take a minute to recognize the family members whose lives are also affected. Thank you for your sacrifices to support your loved ones!

As a news person, it's my job to report when Maine soldiers are killed. As a mother, it breaks my heart each and every time. Each one of those names represents someone's father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister, dad or mom.

So, to veterans, past and present, fallen, retired, or currently serving, I say Thank You. And to their families, I say Thank You...for your sacrifices...and for allowing your loved ones to keep us safe. God bless.