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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.
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!
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Following my 2013 trip to Alaska, I really wanted to invest in some trekking poles but did not want to spend a lot of money. That said, I need to get something light enough, weight wise, to carry in my luggage and also something collapsible. When I saw this pair at Emergency Essentials, I jumped on the opportunity.
For our hiking needs, we each need a single pole and let me tell you, having a hiking/trekking pole really has made a difference as we scramble up and down rocks on our hikes. And yes, they are currently with me on this year’s journey to one of my favorite vacation spots.
These poles telescope to different lengths and also feature an anti-shock technology that can be turned on or off (although I have not quite figured out when it should be on and when it should be off). There are also three different sets of “feet” for different types of terrain, and I suppose weather.
For a starter set of hiking poles or as a replacement for a cane, these are great and the price is right!
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