Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day


"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."                                
~George Washington

What do you think of when you think about Memorial Day?  Do you think of enjoying a 3-day weekend?  Do you think of the sales at shopping malls?  Do you think of barbeques and the community pool opening for summer?  According to the White House Commission on Remembrance, "A Gallup Poll revealed that only 28% of Americans know the meaning of this noble holiday."

So let's all remember that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those brave men and women who have died serving our nation, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  And remember the National Moment of Remembrance is at 3 PM (local time).  Wherever you are at 3 P.M. today, whether you're finding a great deal on sandals or eating a hot dog while watching your kids splash at the pool, I hope you pause for a moment to remember what this holiday is about.

And as we close out National Military Appreciation Month, I want to thank all of our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis for our country.  You rock!


4 comments:

  1. When a law is passed that every member of Congress has to have either served in a war theater or have a child who is serving in one, maybe they'll give a little more thought before they commit other people's kids to fighting wars that cannot be won like our current two atrocities. God bless all our brave soldiers.

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  2. That is a great quote and such wise words. In England every November we have remembrance day, which is celebrated on a Sunday, but there is no day taken off to honor those who fought in so many wars for their country. So I think Memorial Weekend is a wonderful thing. I know you are spending today yet again away from your husband, so will just say how I admire what you and your family do, supporting him and how much what he does really is valued by so very many people.

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