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Laurel American Legion member mixes patriotism with enthusiasm

Laurel American Legion member mixes patriotism with enthusiasm

Lesley Brinton is worried. She is uneasy about the future of the role Memorial Day plays in the hearts of Americans. Over the years, she noted, the solemn occasion has been eclipsed by its signal as the gateway to summer fun.  

"It's all about remembering and honoring people who sacrificed their lives" on the battlefield, she said. "It's what my husband, John, and I are teaching our son, Liam. Our fallen soldiers give us our freedoms," she added softly, "but Memorial Day is getting watered down, generation by generation."

Brinton, 49, of West Laurel, said honoring America's military propelled her to join American Legion Post 60 in Laurel....

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