Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

The slide show in the side margin has pictures of our military men and women who have in the past or are serving their country.  However, the "Memorial" in Memorial Day is often forgotten by those of us who have benefitted from those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Even I have been guilty of not observing the day as it was intended.  It is a day where we actively remember those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy in America, and we enjoy MANY freedoms in America that other countries do not have.  Below are some ways you can be proactive to honor those veterans and their families: 
*  Visit cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
*  Visit memorials.
*  Attend a parade.
*  Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
*  Fly the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).  
*  Renew a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our falled dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

Take time tomorrow to honor someone who gave their lives for your freedom.  Also, stop your partying, picnicking, driving, sleeping,... long enough to:
*  Participate 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.

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