U.S. Memorial Day History and Information on U.S. War Memorials
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. (Washington DC time) 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 falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
Memorial Day shouldn't all be about morning. Forgetting about life and living, would defeat the purpose of honoring the sacrifice they made for your freedom. I know not everyone in this day and age can't always visit a memorial or a soldiers cemetery site. If you can, Write a Soldier!
I know that there are some who would like to use Memorial Day as a means to "give-up" in Iraq, but those who do disgrace the fallen heroes in Iraq by trying to make their sacrifice meaningless. Even if you didn't support going into Iraq to begin with, support the troops and support their mission, so that we don't ever have to go back again. I think we can all agree that we don't want to go back to Iraq when we finally leave.
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