Friday, May 22, 2009
Thanks to Carm of Shweet Potato Designs for the awesome Annie Graphic.
On this Memorial Day weekend please take some time out of your busy day to stop and reflect on what Memorial Day really is. It is not a day for us to take off of work and school...go hunting or fishing... it IS a Day for us to remember those brave men and women who have fought battles and lost their limbs and lives for us to be free.
I would wager a bet that most of the youngers out there have no idea why we observe Memorial Day. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. This day was recognized as far back as 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. While reading up on this day I found a poem that touched my heart and I think it will touch yours too.
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
By Moina Michael
So when you get up out of bed on Monday morning, and you head to the lake, to shop or even some of us have to work, why not wear RED to show the world that you are remembering those who lost their lives world wide for freedom.
I am a very proud sister of several soldiers who have served our country in many different places. Korea, Iraq -several times and wars and many other places to many to mention. Whenever I see a man or women in any uniform I take a moment and Thank them for their service for OUR Freedoms. My kids think it is hooky and the soldiers will usually blush and say "Oh it's nothing...Just doing our job". But you know what IF THEY DID NOT DO THEIR JOB SO WILLINGLY, SO FREELY, GIVING UP SO MUCH FOR US, then we would not be able to walk around this country free from hate, free from fear and FREE JUST TO BE!
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."
SO ON MONDAY MAY 25, WEAR YOUR RED AND PLEASE STOP AT 3PM AND REMEMBER OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN, PAST AND PRESENT WHO HAVE GIVEN THE ULTIMATE SO THAT YOU CAN DO AND SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT.
THANK YOU TO MY BROTHERS WHO HAVE MADE ME SO PROUD AND THANKS TO ALL OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM EVERYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD!
GOD BLESS YOU AND PROTECT YOU ...KEEP YOU SAFE IN HIS LOVING ARMS!
This is my Hero
WE Love you dearly!