ALWAYS REMEMBER

Last year someone told me that Memorial Day no longer means as much because we have so many intermixed cultures in the U.S. now.  I beg to differ.  While it has become a 3 day weekend to most, it is NOT just about picnics, BBQ's and swimming.  Remember that without those brave men and women who died and are honored on Memorial Day, you may not have the rights that you do have.  All of our freedoms came with a price for some and an observance for all.
Memorial Day is about honoring the countless individual acts of bravery and sacrifice. This holiday is also about honoring the brave men and women who make it home. That means keeping our promises to America's veterans. This Memorial Day, we remember all the Americans who gave their lives in defense of America. They died so that we may be free - and we are forever in their debt. Too many people have lost sight of the meaning of this holiday. If you visit How to Observe Memorial Day you can read the whole article, but here is an excerpt that lists the highlights.

"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan."
~~General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868

"The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice:
  • by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • by visiting memorials.
  • by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
  • by flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).
  • by participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.
  • by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans."
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.

It is the 
VETERAN
 not the preacher,   

who has given us freedom of religion. 

It is the
 
VETERAN not the reporter,    
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the
 
VETERAN not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

   

It is the
 
VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble. 
   

 
It is the
 
 VETERAN not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial. 
 

 
It is the
 
VETERAN not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
 

It is the
VETERAN
 
who salutes the Flag, 

It is the
VETERAN
 

who serves under the Flag.

Always remember and never forget!

"The National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress, asks Americans wherever they are at 3 p.m., local time, on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity (duration: one minute).The time 3 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace traditional Memorial Day events; rather it is an act of national unity in which all Americans, alone or with family and friends, honor those who died for our freedom. It will help to reclaim Memorial Day as the sacred and noble holiday it was meant to be. In this shared remembrance, we connect as Americans."

3 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I don't think that Memorial Day means any less than it ever did. We all in some way celebrate the day. If one visited the cemeteries or viewed the parades that go on in most every town across our country they would see it means a lot. Hope your Memorial Day is a good one.

Martha said...

It has always bothered me that people rarely seem to acknowledge the true meaning of the day. instead it seems to be more about kicking off summer. When the kids were little I always took them to the little ceremony we have here before the festivities begin to be sure they grew up knowing what the day was really all about.

~3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

I hope you both have an awesome and relaxing day. We are on our way to the veteran's cemetery for a ceremony.