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   Posted 5/28/2011 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello friends~

For those of us who live in the United State, this weekend is a holiday for us. It is Memorial Day. Often it's thought of as the beginning of summer while Labor day is the end. The BBQ season begins, sales abound and many enjoy the elongated weekend for some R&R.

All of this is very natural and normal these days but I'd like to propose that we take a closer look at the true meaning of Memorial day. When I was young I always heard my grandmother say that she was going to the cemetery because it was 'Decoration Day'. Gosh, did we have a new holiday I knew nothing about??? No, that was the former name of Memorial Day. When Memorial Day began it was in remembrance of those who died in the Civil War. But since then we've had other wars to commemorate so they were all put into one holiday called Memorial Day.

I did some searching online and found some interesting information. Below is some of what I found:

From is a nation wide 'Minute of Silence" for all those in the USA. I plan to join in. At the end of that page is this paragraph...

"The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

These sites also have good information and poignant pictures.

God Bless America and to those around the world who have lost loved ones to war,

ps...feel free to share your story of loved ones.
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   Posted 5/28/2011 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank You for this post Chutz!

Here are a couple of quotes that I looked up, and thought I would share them as well.

"The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice"

We have a military base close to our house, and whenever I meet a service man or service woman, I always approach them and "Thank" them for serving our country. As we sleep comfortably throughout the night, I'm very grateful we have men and women, standing guard over our country. Bless them! Bless them!

I too!...will take an active part in the remembrance of those who have died in service for this great country, by observing the 3:00pm minuet of silence on "Memorial Day" ..."We encourage all members to do the same"

"However you decide to celebrate this important day, be sure to stop and remember the men and women who fought for this country. In many ways, their fight has helped create the freedom that allows us to enjoy days like this"

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   Posted 5/28/2011 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Chutz, that was moving and important, all to often the meaning of "holiday" is only remembered due to reasons having nothing to do with the actual event. "its a day off", "its a great sale day" and etc. I love the United States even being the bleeding heart liberal I am, as I know there is much room for change, I also know that the United States of America is the one place where the need for change can be freely expressed.
My father was a "lifer" in the Army, I have had some relative or another in some war or another since WWII, an Uncle I never met died on a ship in Hawaii (sorry about spelling), had various cousins, some I knew some I didnt in Vietnam.  Unfortunetly this was the war my generation suffered and still suffers through.  As for the many more fought and some to be fought.  These men and women are the bravest of the brave and should always be remembered.
So on this Memorial Weekend we indeed need to send many prayers and good thoughts, to the many men and women in the Armed Forces, and there families, who wait at home praying for there safe return.
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   Posted 5/28/2011 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
My Grandfather was a Brigadier General in the USAF and is buried at Arlington National Cemetary...We have this special pass for relatives of those buried there that you can drive through the gates right up through all the roads that only the tour buses and people on foot can go...

So I always go and take friends who have never been down there on Memorial Day to pay tribute...

He served during WW2..and although he did not die during the war..(we were blessed to have him for 30 more years!..

I always give thanks and prayers to all those who gave their lives and/or serve in the US Military...My Dad served in the US Army in Korea...My older brother retired after 20 years in USAF...My younger brother is in the Navy reserves ..and one of my niece's and her husband are both in the USAF...

So we have a BIG military family:)...

Thank you Chutz for the reminder of what the day is actually for!!!
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   Posted 5/28/2011 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the up-most admiration, and respect for the Brave and Courageous, men and woman that have served, and those that continue to serve, and especially  for those that have given  the ultimate sacrifice  for our country! I Salute them all! May they never, ever be forgotten!   May all men and women, who believe our Great Nation, always serve our country with Dignity and Honor, in what ever capacity they have available to them!  God Bless America!
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   Posted 5/28/2011 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Chutz for reminding us of what Memorial Day is all about. Any time I see that someone has given their life fighting for our country, I always say thank you.

My cousin served in Germany in the army back in the 80s and his son just served in Afghanistan and Iraq in the war that is currently happening. Thank God they both came home safely. I was really scared when Dustin (my second cousin) was over there amongst all the shootimg, etc, but God broght him back home to us.

Jerome and I will be performing the moment of silence at 3pm our time also.

God bless America and all of those that are serving and have served in the past.

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   Posted 5/29/2011 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the post, Chutz - and to everyone else for the stories and info.

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   Posted 5/30/2011 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
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   Posted 5/30/2011 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Many respects and regards for those that served and so bravely and lost their lives
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