Today Friday, starts the Memorial Day Weekend and what will we see this weekend?
The purpose of Memorial Day is to remember those who died in service to our country. It was originally called Decoration Day because of the tradition of decorating the graves of the fallen men and women who have so bravely given their lives for their and our Country.
Hot Dogs and Burgers on the Barbecues,TV Movie marathons, Hot Dot Eating, and Beer Drinking contests, Baseball Games and other Sporting events, Atlanta, GA. will be holding a Jazz Festival, Big Holidays sales at the Malls, Military Jets will fly low over Sporting events and Beaches, and of course the running of the Indianapolis 500, and if the weather holds out, Memorial Day weekend also marks the beginning of the Beach season.
The main purpose the Memorial Day holiday is remembrance and commemoration of members of the United States military who died while serving their country.
Has the term "Freedom" been forgotten?. The Liberals totally enjoy the freedom bought for them with the blood of our brave patriots, who once again volunteered to serve our country, and the millions of them who have fallen while doing so? Have they forgotten the families who are still morning on this very day? And do these non-deserving people appreciate it!
Yes, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, a day to remember those who have died serving our country. This is a great time to honor our veterans, past and present. And yes it's a Federal Holiday. A Holiday for us to attend one of the many parades to honor our veterans, a day to fly our Flags to show that we honor our veterans, and many of us will visit the cemeteries where our Fallen Hears or resting. The barbecues and the sales at the Malls can wait. To bring things into their proper perspective, there are 250,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery alone, and there are volunteers there who place an American flag on each and every grave in EVERY National Cemetery, in183 cemeteries in 27 states just in case nobody else does. I wonder how many people know that?) Yes the American Legion who sells those poppies on the corners, and in the Malls and shopping centers do more then just collect money in a can. The poppy has become the Memorial Flower of the American Legion since 1919 when poppies bloomed on the battlefields of France where so many of our men had fallen in battle.
The American Legion has collected more than $2,000,000 since then and every penny is devoted to Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation work by The American Legion which includes aid to needy veterans and their families. So don't think for one minute that you are giving your dollar to a scram.
And here's another fact that I bet you didn't know,
On Memorial Day the American flag on each and every Governmental Building and in the Squares is raised briskly to the top of the Flag pole and then slowly lowered to half-staff where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full staff again for the remainder of the day.
The half staff position remembers the millions of men and women who gave their lives in service of their country and ours . And at noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for freedom, liberty, and justice for all. That's a fact that not to many of us are aware of.
My friends, I myself am a former soldier,as many of you who are reading this are. And let me say this, the mission of the American military is to protect the USA and all that is stands for, to protect our freedom, our liberties, our free speech, and justice for all. As well as everything else that is laid out in our in the Constitution. And to keep this Nation from becoming a dictatorship. We have kept this Nation strong and kept our freedoms because of the blood of our brave patriots. Don't let them down. If Obama gets reelected this Nation that we all love will be finished as we knew it, and you know it.And to those who enjoyed and had no problems bashing George Bush for eight years, I say deal with it!
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because of the brave, rough and ready men who stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Well said. We shouldn't be ashamed to grill, drink beer and otherwise enjoy the weekend. We are celebrating the freedom purchased by others, so we should pause and remember their sacrifice.ReplyDelete
Well said SF, thank you for that.ReplyDelete
Who are the Veterans?..."Veterans are Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, Brothers, Sisters, Friends and Lovers. They are the elderly people who can barely stand but refuse to sit when old glory passes by. They are the people who sit quietly thinking of a plan when everyone else is panicking; the ones who stand up for somebody’s rights even though they may disagree with them. They are the ones who celebrate Memorial Day and Veterans Day everyday of the year. They are the people who keep going when everybody else gives up. They know the meaning of “The Ultimate Sacrifice” and are willing to make it without a second thought. They do not ask for praise or glory, only that you Honor those who have given their all."ReplyDelete
Well said, sir. I posted this on my FB page because last year I kept getting thank yous for my service and it bothered me. I have lost friends to war and they deserve their day. "Monday is Memorial Day. It’s the day we honor those who gave their life serving and protecting our country in peace and war. It is not a day to thank veterans for their service. We have Armed Forces Day and Veterans Day for those accolades. So please don’t send me any ‘thank you’s.’ I am not dead yet…and I will not die as a serving veteran (unless we are attacked on our shores.) Instead, say a prayer for the soles of those who have given the last full measure of devotion. Thank their families for raising such brave young men and women. Fly your flag at half-mast. And above all, do not wish anyone “Happy Memorial Day.” There is nothing ‘Happy’ about it…unless you are a sick-fuck member of the Westborough Baptist Church. Just remember them."ReplyDelete
Amen to that Coffeypot, and thanks for that comment.ReplyDelete
"LEST WE NEVER FORGET"ReplyDelete
@ Coffeypot --ReplyDelete
My sentiments EXACTLY, Brother!
I can't count the times that I've given the same response when someone "thanks" me for my service on Memorial Day. I politely say, "Thank you and I appreciate your thoughtfulness, BUT..."
P.S. -- You wanna know what REALLY pisses me off? Memorial Day Sales!ReplyDelete
"P.S. -- You wanna know what REALLY pisses me off? Memorial Day Sales!"
I can't argue with you on that. Why aren't these stores giving their employees the day off?
Make money off of anything you want to, I don't care. But not off the blood of those that died on the battlefields to give us our freedom and safety.ReplyDelete