It’s Thursday before Memorial Day. Each year I post this message to try and break through the cacophony of noise about the upcoming weekend — very little of which is actually about the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Everyone is planning their weekends, parties and get-togethers. Most folks you talk to never mention our Fallen or include a memorial ceremony or event in their weekend plans.
It’s all about the best sales, BBQs, road trips, parties…
No. It’s. Not.
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. It is because of the fallen that we have the luxury of planning parties without a thought or concern of the freedom so many take for granted.
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 last year that is worth a read: Memorial Day Thoughts: Our Military Dead ?Watered the Tree of Liberty?. Some history and commentary about the day.
Pass these articles around so everyone knows that Memorial Day is not about having a sale, getting a new car or mattress. Stop by our Wall of Heroes and pay your respects. Look at those names and faces and realize they sacrificed their lives so you can have a carefree Memorial Day BBQ.
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 on Monday until noon at our compound.
As we do each year we have made 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 join us and make a donation as well?
- 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 Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine who has died protecting it. ~ Author Unknown
At *your* service,