Memorial Day

US Navy 050308-N-0295M-003 The American and PO...

US Navy 050308-N-0295M-003 The American and POW-MIA flags wave in the wind in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thank you to all the men and women who have served our country in the military.

Flag Ceremony for Memorial Day: A Poem

Standing in the bright
Day we are alive listening
To roll call of the dead.


Memorial Day Weekend

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English: Picture of graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hope you are enjoying your three-day holiday. We have had rain here all day, but I like it, since I am not camping and I don’t want lots of wildfires soon. Stay safe this weekend, and as you enjoy your holiday, don’t forget the reason we have it. I am hoping to get to one of the flag-raisings planned in local cemeteries by veterans service organizations on Monday. We live in this great country with all our freedoms thanks to the soldiers who died for us — let’s remember to honor them on their day, Memorial Day.

Sunday Service: Memorial Day

There was an article in the newspaper today about how Memorial Day is losing its significance for Americans, even as we fight two wars. It also mentioned, in passing, a cultural dislike of formal rituals and observances right now.

For myself, I don’t go to any local observances, particularly in the cemeteries, because I live away from where my people are buried, and I feel awkward attending a ceremony for people I do not know. I tend to think that ceremonies for the dead are best confined to those who knew them. What do you think about Memorial Day? Has it become just another shopping/picnic holiday, or does it retain its meaning? Tell me in the comments.

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