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Offline Rennhack

Memorial Day: Thank you Veterans
« on: May 26, 2014, 11:57 »
For most, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. It's a chance to get a free day off work and school, and a convenient excuse to escape to the shore for the first time of the year.  But for veterans and their families, Memorial Day is solemn, it's reflective, and it's a time for them to remember fallen brothers and sisters.  The first Memorial Day took place in Charleston, South Carolina. On May 1, 1865, a crowd of African-Americans -- recently freed from slavery -- honored the Union soldiers entombed in the rocky ground of the Charleston Race Course.

I was at an exceptional Memorial Day service today, in memory of our nations Veterans.  It was the first Memorial Day service I recall attending.  I was there because my daughter made an appearance in their parade, as she is the local Miss Bud Princess.  The words spoken at the service were attentive and compelling.  My Father was a Veteran.  When I buried my father, the part that was most moving was listening to the military rite performed in his honor.  We have many Vets on this site.  I can not thank you enough for your service to our country.  I do not have the words to express the depths of my gratitude.


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Re: Memorial Day: Thank you Veterans
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2014, 12:22 »
   I see comments in political cartoons and social media that remind us that Memorial day is not about BBQ and celebration. I disagree it is all about that. Veterans who did not return served to preserve our way of life and freedom. When you set the table and serve up the beer set a plate and beer for fallen veterans and toast that empty seat. That little act will do more to teach your children the meaning of the day more than anything else you can do.

Offline Camella Black

Re: Memorial Day: Thank you Veterans
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2014, 02:24 »
Memorial Day has always been a favorite holiday of mine. Growing up my dad was a member of the VFW having served in both WWII and the Korean War. We proudly wore poppies, went to a parade, ate hotdogs and spent time with others who had served and their families.

I would like to direct you to the history of Memorial Day at www.va.gov


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Re: Memorial Day: Thank you Veterans
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2014, 06:48 »
   I see comments in political cartoons and social media that remind us that Memorial day is not about BBQ and celebration. I disagree it is all about that. Veterans who did not return served to preserve our way of life and freedom. When you set the table and serve up the beer set a plate and beer for fallen veterans and toast that empty seat. That little act will do more to teach your children the meaning of the day more than anything else you can do.

A most excellent idea!  (Why didn't I think of that?)

 


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