Monday, May 28, 2012

Have we forgotten Memorial Day?

How ironic is it to suggest we have forgotten the meaning of Memorial Day? After all, the word comes from the Latin memoriale, which is the neuter of Latin memorialis meaning, "related to memory".

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


How we recall that day we swore
To serve our country to the core
That clothing issued brought a view
Of raw recruits, this showed so true
Remembered hair was cut away
This look for quite awhile would stay
Our trek before too long did show
New GI’s marching, row by row
And then one day emerged a form
Each proud trained troop in uniform
We followed orders as we should
To do our best, in pride we would
Some served in peace, some went to war
Brave heroes passed through Heaven’s door
We cherished friends who served with us
Great buddies all, how we’d discuss
So many thoughts will never wane
For what we shared, let closeness reign
Our bond was tight, the best to see
For when we served, this had to be
The purpose was to keep you free
God Bless the brave, deservedly


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