Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

I'm a strong supporter of our armed forces whether or not I agree with the battles/wars they fight. To support our troops does not indicate support for the current campagne. That isn't the point of this post.

Today's point is generosity. Because there's always someone less fortunate out there than you. In honor of Memorial Day, in addition to the BBQs and family gatherings going on, I'd like you to take a moment and remember those who can't be with their families. Remember those who returned with wounds and those who don't return at all.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

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