REMEMBER THE FALLEN ON MAY 31ST
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause where they are at 3pm local time on Memorial Day for one minute of silence.
Thank you for your post! I also encourage all Americans to remember our fallen on this special day.
Over 1.2 million have given their lives for our great country. In the Civil War alone over 600,000 gave their lives, which represented 2% of the population at that time. By comparison, if 2% of our population gave their lives today it would represent over 6 million people.
If given the chance - please say "Thank you" to a member of our armed services.
Remember all the men and women that have given their all in preserving the freedom that we enjoy.
In my job, I am often required to work on holidays. The first thing I did when I got in this morning was drop the flag to half-staff in memory of all of the fallen men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy our freedom and do the things we normally do on holidays. Just remember; freedom is never free. Someone had to pay the price for that freedom.
I am hosting a BBQ for my nephew (Sgt in the Air Force) and 20 of his fellow soldiers. We will honor the fallen with a moment of silence before the festivities begin.
We will also lower the flag to half-mast.
Be sure to thank a service man or woman.
What a great idea. Friday evening I delivered camo quilts to my nephew and all of his guard unit. They will be deploying soon the the Gulf area.
Here is pic of Todd
A Memorial Day Prayer
by Tracy McNeal
In whom we live, love, and have our being,
We take time today to uplift the heavy hearts
Of those for whom Memorial Day Is more than a
mere diversion, But is, instead, a painful time
of reflection, lamentation and enduring bereavement.
This day we remember with compassion
Your children who have lost their lives to war;
Incline us to honor their memory, dear Lord,
With a sincere pledge to seek peace and nonviolent solutions to world conflict.
We pray for the safety of those entering military service, And succor for the many returning from combat With wounded bodies, Or minds Sickened by
the sight and sounds of war.
Our prayers also extend, Great Comforter,
To those who still wait and pray Day by anxious
day For that precious moment of reunion With a distant family member, friend, or loved one.
And to others – whose reunion has been sorrowfully delayed Until that Heavenly homecoming with Christ
In the fullness of time – We offer the gentle assurance Of your promise to all believers,
“ Blessed are those who mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
It's the soldier, not the reporter,
Who gave us our freedom of the press.
It's the soldier, not the poet,
Who gave us our freedom of speech.
It's the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who gave us our the freedom to demonstrate.
It's the soldier, Who salutes the flag,
Who serves others with respect for the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."
Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC
In Long Beach, NY we have a very large Memorial Day Parade with many, many spectators and supporters.
It is a very cohesive city and all paid and volunteer public services were in the parade as well as many community organizations, all of the local schools, the police and fire bagpipers and of course the several Veteran organizations. The City council proudly greeted the marchers and made their memorial presentations.
It was great to see so many kids in and on the parade route where they get to see and learn about Memorial Day.
I marched as a Sgt. with the Long Beach Auxiliary Police- actually rode with our bike patrol unit at slow marching pace (which you learn to do through training).
Following that, my family sponsored a BBQ for the LB Aux PD department and LB Police Department- several who are veterans.
We are proud of our veterans and I am thrilled that my 4 and 7 year old children understand the significance and sacrifice as well!
here at work.happy though because this is th day all of my fallen friends are remebered. if it wasnt for them maybe they'd be at work remebering me.
GOD BLESS THE SOLDIERS and THERE Families
Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC
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