Memorial Day was not conceived to be the kickoff to summer activities or as a reason to schedule a three-day weekend. It was established to recognize the nation's military veterans who died while fighting for their country.

Memorial Day was not conceived to be the kickoff to summer activities or as a reason to schedule a three-day weekend. It was established to recognize the nation's military veterans who died while fighting for their country.

In keeping with efforts to recognize and honor the sacrifices and service of military veterans, ThisWeek Community Media is launching Honoring Heroes, a continuing series through which we will share the stories and remembrances from and about local men and women who are either on active duty or retired from service.

As part of covering their beats, our reporters often hear about and write about veterans leaving for overseas or coming home at the end of a tour of duty. We've covered funeral services of those who have sacrificed their lives. We've written about soldiers who arrive at their homes or their children's schools to unexpectedly surprise their delighted families.

We know many more stories are out there, waiting to be told. We want to tell them. And we need your help.

If you have a story idea about a friend, family member or colleague, let us know by emailing editorial@thisweeknews.com, with the subject line, "Honoring Heroes."

Honoring Heroes isn't just a ThisWeek Community Media project: It's about sharing history.