Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. I was listening to Sean Hannity on the radio Friday and he was quizzing people about the meaning of Memorial Day... and asking them questions about American History. I was shocked at how many people didn't know what it was all about. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored and neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps'."

The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

Also, for any of those interested, tonight on TLC (The Learning Channel) at 9pm Eastern is Operation Homecoming. It is a five part series which observes servicemen and women coming home from Iraq and honoring those that lost their lives there. It's a fitting tribute that it will premiere tonight on Memorial Day. I'm sure it will be
emotionally charged and I know that I'll be crying. :) Just thought I would share the info with you all.. in case any of you wanted to see it.

There is no way in the world that I could thank every soldier who has ever fought for our country, although I wish I could. I do my best to do what I can.. and I pray for all of them everyday. Each of us Americans have what we have today.. because of those who fought for our country in the past and those who continue to do so in the present.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those still fighting in the various theatres of operation, as well as with those families who have lost loved ones or currently have loved ones away fighting. These service men and women sacrifice so much for us, as do their families. Thank you.

Today is a day that is formally recognized to remember and give thanks. Honestly, this is something that should be done everyday.