Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Served and Died

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Memorial Day in the United States is a day of remembrance for the men and women who have died serving their country.  All too often we tend to think of Memorial Day as the start of summer heralded by a three day weekend, a big barbeque and an excuse to drink copious amounts of beer with friends and family.

That is shame since this is the one day a year that is set aside for the nation to get together, remember, reflect and honor those who have served their country and died in the process.

Memorial Day Remembering Those Who Served and Died

To help this along, in 2000, a resolution creating the the “National Moment of Remembrance” was passed:

As Memorial Day approaches, it is time to pause and consider the true meaning of this holiday. Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to securing our Nation’s freedom, we should honor them especially on Memorial Day.

So what can you do?

Join me in observing Memorial Day by taking part in the National Moment of Remembrance today at  3:00 PM local time wherever you are.  Stop for a moment and observe the “moment” in your own way. It can be as simple as placing your hand over your heart, bowing your head, or offering a salute to the American flag.

If you are so inclined, it can also be a silent prayer to promise to help make your country and your world better in memory of American’s fallen soldiers.

The Final Word

Memorial Day may mean different things to different people but please, whatever you believe, try not to forget the true spirit of this very solemn, very important, day of remembrance.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Served and Died — 10 Comments

  1. If you watched the Memorial Day Concert last night on PBS, when the song tribute to the different branches of our military played, you would have seen my grandnephew, he was the Marine in the close up. Within my family history, at least one root goes all the way back to serving with G. Washington in the French and Indian War. I take pride in not only have patriots who fought for this country’s freedom but also those who immigrated and served as well. I join you in saluting those who gave their all. *Thank You*

    • Wow. I’m stunned. Somebody who can actually think instead of regurgitating the jingoistic pro-war garbage that we are fed on a daily basis in everything from the news to sports to TV and films. There is really only one religion in this country and that is Military Worship. Everything else is a distant tenth.

  2. Also, ‘In General What Americans are “Memorializing” on Memorial Day is Wars of Conquest’

    http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/05/in-general-what-americans-are.html

    ‘Virtually Every American Soldier who Died in a War Died for a Lie’

    http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/05/virtually-every-american-soldier-who.html

    I plead with you, don’t encourage young men and women to do the same, by glorifying dying for a lie and serving an empire diametrically opposed to freedom and liberty.

  3. Helot
    Thank you for pointing out that soldiers don’t fight to keep us free. Instead they fight for the power elite. This is a sad day, not a day to glorify warriors.
    Jim

  4. If you had done as many interviews as I have Helot, perhaps you might know more. I don’t like war and most who have served don’t like it either. These aren’t stupid people. You are welcome to say how you believe PRECISELY because so many gave they lives for you to do so. You see, I do not believe it’s glorifying war as much is acknowledging those who paid for your right to speak and post as you have here.

    • Just want to thank you for weighing in on this. I am currently hiking in Alaska and trying to stay unplugged as much as I can. Regardless of personal opinions, I take pride in allowing a platform where people can speak their minds without fear of censorship.

    • What utter garbage and shame on you for perpetuating the lie that ANY of our freedoms are strengthened by unempathic apes dying for a system that uses them as cannon fodder. I have enough blood on my hands for a thousand lifetimes thanks to the use of my tax dollars to slaughter men, women and children the world over but you, D. Terry, have infinitely more. Just try washing that off. You can’t. It stains your soul.

      • As I have said, you have the right to speak and believe what you will, as do I. What you believe does not negate what these men believed and fought for. Actually I find it emphasizes it even more, that you can speak this way and we can disagree. 🙂

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