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Word on the Street: What does Memorial Day mean to you?

TRUCKEE, Calif. — This week's question: What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Here are answers, as asked Monday in Truckee:

Ted Schmidt, retired, Truckee: "It just means a chance to reflect on the lives that people have given to keep America what it is."

Linda Morris, Realtor, Truckee: "Years ago, I played in a marching band and we would always march through town and go to the cemetery and there was a whole presentation remembering the veterans … that's what it's about. Memorial Day was always to honor those who served in the armed forces, protecting our freedom."

Cicely V.V. Smith, teacher, Truckee: "Memorial Day is a time to celebrate and commemorate those who aren't around or who have sacrificed to give us the time and space to enjoy our freedoms."

David Laney, running coach, Soda Springs: "True freedom is hard to come by, and we wouldn't have it without massive sacrifice. It's pretty sobering to think about the people, and their families, who have died for our country. That should be honored; it's a day to be grateful."