Friday, May 25, 2012

Bringing Back the "Memorial* in Memorial Day

 "They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save".

~Francis Marion Crawford

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. 

The following is a list of ways to celebrate Memorial Day - to preserve the true meaning of the day and remember our fallen soldiers: 

By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes. 

By flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.

 By visiting memorials.

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 veterans, and to aid the disabled veterans.

Let us take a few moments this Memorial Day to reflect on the meaning of the day, to observe the day and be mindful of the sacrifices of others before we go and enjoy the freedoms they bought for us.

 "...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

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