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On this day in 1984, President Ronald Reagan stood on the shores of Normandy to pay tribute to
“the boys of Pointe du Hoc. … the men who took the cliffs… . the champions who helped free a continent…. the heroes who helped end a war.”
Freedom is not free. The rights and freedoms we enjoy often come at the price of the lives of young men and women who serve in uniform. They and their families sacrifice so much for us. In return, we should never take our responsibilities of citizenship for granted. And chief amongst those responsibilities is voting.
Tomorrow is Primary Election Day in Mississippi. Polls are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. If you are uncertain about where you vote, use the Secretary of State’s Polling Place Locator. You can find the Republican Primary ballot here, and the Democrat Primary ballot here.
As President Reagan reminded us in that speech marking the 40th Anniversary of D-Day:
“Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which Matthew Ridgway listened: `’I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.’”

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.

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