Memorial Day used to be a solemn day of mourning, a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Businesses closed for the day. Towns held parades honoring the fallen, the parade routes often times ending at a local cemetery, where Memorial Day speeches were given and prayers offered up. People took the time that day to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those who fell in service to their country.
On May 3rd, 2000 The White House's Press Secretary announced that a "National Moment of Remembrance" should occur at 3 p.m. (local time) on each Memorial Day.
Please take a moment to remember the men and women who have given their lives for this country.
How We Recall
©2004 Roger J. Robicheau (Sp 5, US Army)
The Poetic Plumber