The country pauses to remember our fallen heroes and veterans that have passed away on Monday. This year Memorial Day falls on it's traditional date May 30th. There is currently an effort to bring the official day of remembrance back to the traditional date of May 30 rather than the Federal observance date which is the last Monday of the month of May. This observance date giving a three day weekend began in 1971 and was intended to bring more honor to the importance of the holiday. However, some believe it has caused many to ignore the true meaning behind the holiday as they picnic and head out to beaches and long holiday vacations.
Today, the official date of Memorial Day, is still observed by many organizations that support our Veterans and Fallen Heroes. American Legion Posts, VFW Posts, and others will be conducting ceremonies today in Remembrance. Perhaps observing two dates to remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice and those that dedicated their lives for a time to protecting our freedom is better than one day.
Please pause a moment in grateful reflection for our armed service personnel. If you enjoy the long weekend and made the remembrance of our heroes a secondary thought, then please put it in the forefront of your thoughts today and bow your head in gratitude and put that gratitude into action. Thank a service man or woman when you see them in public for their service, fly the American Flag proudly at your home, make a donation to a local Honor Guard that volunteers their time to perform military honors at funerals, visit a Veteran at a Veterans Hospital or Nursing Home, and make an effort to attend a Memorial Day Remembrance Program today and especially make an effort to do so next year. Families that have lost loved ones seek out Memorial Day Services and Programs for comfort and a grateful nation should be there in multitudes behind them at these services. Let's all remember what Memorial Day is truly all about and remember those that should never be forgotten.
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Did you know that the Last Flight Home for a Fallen Soldier is called "The Angel Flight" and that the entire flight is carried out to bring great honor and dignity to the soldier or soldiers? Watch this video that shows the importance of The Angel Flight and share it with others - it will serve as a reminder to what today is truly all about.
Get a strong dose of American Pride by watching this video of the USMC Silent Drill Team. They are truly amazing: