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Old 05-28-2004, 06:54 PM   #1
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This Memorial Day weekend many of us will fire up our grills, head to the beach, and officially welcome summer back from its long vacation. Memorial Day, a hallowed day really, has turned into little more than a three-day weekend for most. It'* become a frenzy of sales, traffic jams, and cookouts. The day seems to have lost its meaning.

The day has its roots in the aftermath of the Civil War. The bloody havoc of that war had barely receded when Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order No. 11. In his May 5, 1868, proclamation, General Logan said: "Let us ... gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of springtime.... Let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation'* gratitude - the soldier'* and sailor'* widow and orphan."

Thus was the very first Memorial Day observed on May 30, 1868. Flowers were laid on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. As a sign of a still divided nation, the South refused to mark the day, instead honoring its dead on other days until after World War I. The holiday changed from honoring those who died in the Civil War to those Americans who died fighting in any war.

So it is my hope that sometime during this weekend, in between the burgers and *'mores, people will take time to recall those Americans who stormed the beaches, trekked through the jungles, and tramped through snow so that we may live freely.

Perhaps sometime during this weekend people will make the time to visit a cemetery and place a flag or flower on the grave of a fallen hero, visit a memorial, or fly the US flag at half-staff. Rather than be frustrated by holiday traffic, take a moment to reflect on what this day means. Think about those families torn apart by the wars this nation has fought. And finally, think about the strength and good this country has shown and can show again.

For whether you agree with this commander in chief or those who have held the office in the past, whether you agree with the policies that have sent our young people across the seas and sands now or in the past, we must not fail to remember this: Our nation, in its perfectly imperfect union, exists because of all those brave souls who have put country before self since the battle of Lexington and Concord.

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By the way, The White House Commission on Remembrance is encouraging Americans to pause for a moment of reflection this Memorial Day, honoring those who have died in service to the United States.

The National Moment of Remembrance will take place Monday at 3 p.m. and last one minute.

All Americans, wherever they are, are encouraged to take that moment and reflect with a moment of silence.
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Thanks for the history lesson. I knew what Memorial day symbolizes, but not its orgins.
We always flower up the family members graves here
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7meg link and it should still make you think....
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Great link Rosco
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Perfect time to repost this:

Quote:
American Soldier
Toby Keith
I'm just trying to be a father
Raise a daughter and a son
Be a lover to their mother
Everything to everyone
Up and at 'em, bright and early
I'm all business in my suit
Yeah, I'm dressed up for success
From my head down to my boots

I don't do it for the money
There'* bills that I can't pay
I don't do it for the glory
I just do it anyway
Providing for our future'* my responsibility
Yeah I'm real good under pressure
Being all that I can be

And I can't call in sick on Mondays
when the weekends been too strong
I just work straight through the holidays
And sometimes all night long
You can bet that I stand ready when the wolf growls at the door
Hey, I'm solid, hey I'm steady, hey, I'm true down to the core

And I will always do my duty no matter what the price
I've counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice
Oh, and I don't want to die for you
but if dyin'* asked of me
I'll bear that cross with honor
'cause freedom don't come free

I'm an Amiercan soldier, an American
beside my brothers and my sisters I will proudly take a stand
when liberty'* in jeopardy I will always do what'* right
I'm out here on the front lines
Sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I'm an American soldier

Yeah, an American soldier, an American
beside my brothers and my sisters I will proudly take a stand
when liberty'* in jeopardy I will always do what'* right
I'm out here on the front lines
So Sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I'm an American
An American, an American soldier

In memory of my friends
PFC Hans Chritian Anderson Avey
and
SPC David Hewitt
Operation Desrt Storm

Thanks guys!!

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