With Memorial Day this Monday, it is important that we pause and reflect on on the true meaning and symbolism of the day. Yes, Memorial Day typically marks the beginning of summer and is an excuse for taking off work and picnicking. Most folks you talk to never mention our fallen or include a memorial ceremony or event in their weekend plans. It’s all about BBQs, road trips, parties…
Ironically it is because of our military patriots that many do not have to face the reality of the true cost of freedom and liberty. Blood and treasure.
As we enjoy this coming weekend, it is altogether fitting that we all take a moment at 3 p.m. to think about those in our military who will see no more bright summer days in the country they served and died for. They deserve not only our remembrance but our humble gratitude.
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance has become an annual American tradition. Pause for one minute a 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to honor the men and women who have fallen while fighting for our Country and to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all.
Memorial Day Thoughts:
Our Military Dead “Watered the Tree of Liberty
Another article I put together that is worth a read: Memorial Day Thoughts: Our Military Dead “Watered the Tree of Liberty”. Some history and commentary about the day — including our Wall of Heroes.
Pass these articles around so everyone knows that Memorial Day is not about having a sale, getting a new car or mattress. Unlike many other companies we don’t look at Memorial Day as an excuse, celebration or an opportunity to run a sale. (And you don’t want to be around Judi when those commercials come on!) Old Glory will be at half-staff until noon at our compound.
As we do each year we make a donation to our favorite charities in honor of the fallen and to assist those who are living with the wounds of war. Can you please stop by and make a small donation?
- Wounded Warrior Project
- Paralyzed Veterans of America
- Lone Survivor Foundation
- Special Operations Warriors Foundation
Then, say a prayer for our troops before you head off for your long weekend.
The American Flag does not fly because the wind moves past it. The American Flag flies from the last breath of each Solider, Sailor, Airman and Marine who has died protecting it. ~ Author Unknown
At *your* service,