Memorial Day national moment of silence honored by small town

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The annual Memorial Day tribute in front of our house from my Air Force Vietnam-era veteran husband.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It was Memorial Day in 2009 in the central Shenandoah Valley city of Staunton when manager Dan Pritchett’s voice came over the intercom at the Food Lion grocery store located on Coalter Street. In his soft southern voice, he addressed employees and customers:

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is Memorial Day and the store will shut down for the next 60 seconds as we observe a moment of silence in honor of America’s fallen heroes.”

Perhaps this is one of the things I love most about living in a small town.

Dan Pritchett

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It was 3:00 pm on Memorial Day … time for a national moment of silence. The cashiers stopped checking out customers … the Muzak was shut off … customers paused in the aisles … employees ceased working … the store was essentially shut down … and for the next 60 seconds everyone observed a moment of silence for America’s fallen military heroes.Thank you, Mr. Pritchett.

Freedom is not free….

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
2015 Memorial Day
May 25, 2015

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