Memorial Day 2008

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As we begin the long Memorial Day weekend, some of us are looking forward to an extra day off work and some of us are looking forward to a big three day selling event.  However you plan to spend the next few days, especially Monday, don’t forget the reason for the commemoration.  (I hate to call it a holiday.)  Last year we posted on the history of Memorial Day.  It started way back during the Civil War and was a day to remember those who have died for our freedom.

I live just a short distance from Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery where nearly 150,000 men and women, military veterans and their spouses, are buried.  It’s an awesome and sobering experience to see row after row of identical white grave markers stretching as far as you can see.  Even more sobering are the fresh graves that have yet to be covered with grass, many with only the small temporary marker waiting for delivery of the permanent stone.  On Sunday morning, local Boy Scouts will place a flag on each grave.

You may not have an opportunity this weekend to visit a cemetery, or attend a Memorial Day event, but hopefully you’ll be able to take some time to remember the brave men and women we memorialize.  In 2000, congress passed the "National Moment of Remembrance"
resolution.  It calls for all Americans to pause for a moment at 3:00
PM (local time) on Monday for a moment of silence.  It’s the least we can do.

Jb

Photo by Robert Lawton.

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