Memorial Day

21 05 2013

Memorial Day in America is the unofficial beginning of summer. Grills will be fired-up, outdoor activities planned, back yard pools will once again receive attention. Many do not wear white until Memorial Day. I am not against all the extras of the Day as long as we remember the reason for the holiday. It is to remember the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. One of my elderly church members, long since passed, called it “decoration day”; when cemeteries received more attention than  plans for our own pleasure.

Memorial Day is not to be festive but reflective. We show respect by our attendance at a cemetery service held by veterans of different conflicts. It should include the sound of taps played with bowed head and grateful heart.  Flags are  flown at half-staff and the singing of our national anthem with hand over heart is more appropriate than grilling out.

I will be dedicating a Wall of Honor for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Korean War who hailed the Mahoning Valley as their home. I will read the story of a seventeen year old on that wall and hope his nephew will be able to attend as we express our gratitude. I will read the story of a Vietnam War vet who died protecting his platoon from certain annihilation. This is why we have the day off work, to pause and remember. May God bless America.

 

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