2009/05/25

Memorial Day 2009

DaGoddess @ 00:01

2009 Memorial Day Flag

It’s pretty simple really: we are a free nation because brave men and women have served this country. They and their families have sacrificed much for over 200 years. Take moment, a day and give thanks for their service. Honor them by thanking those who currently serve or who you know have a military background. It’ll make them and you feel good.

If you disagree with me on this, it is your right because they fought for your right to disagree. If you speak your mind in public without fear of imprisonment or death, you do so because someone died for your right to do so.

I don’t know that I can say anything new or different this weekend than I have in the past. I do know that each year I feel the continued responsibility to do my best to uphold the tradition of honoring our military on Memorial Weekend with my son as we walk through Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery. Of course, we don’t just think of them once a year — we do this year round — but for Memorial Weekend, it takes on special, deeper meaning.

As LD and I made our rounds this year, we spent a lot of time on details. And we were rewarded, as we usually are, with discoveries and insights that truly resonated for us.

This won’t be the last I write about Memorial Day, but for now, here’s a look at some of what I’ve written in the past:

2008 and two from 2005. Here’s some from 2004, too.

5 Comments

  1. :flag: Amen! :flag:

    Comment by diamond dave — 2009/05/25 @ 10:17

  2. I think it is beautiful that you take LD to the cemetery like that. We have no such place for me to take the boy here, but we have taken him to Arlington and he has seen the changing of the guard. So beautiful.

    Comment by patti — 2009/05/25 @ 14:56

  3. Memorial Day, 1990, I was at the Lorraine American Cemetery, near St Avold, France. There are 10,489 buried there, including the fathers of two of my friends. It is one of the most moving places I’ve ever been.

    Comment by p2 — 2009/05/26 @ 14:02

  4. :flag: Dave

    Patti, we go each year with the Scouts, but what we do later is entirely something we’ve come up with on our own.

    P2, that would have to be incredibly moving. Even more so knowing someone whose father is buried there.

    Comment by DaGoddess — 2009/05/26 @ 14:48

  5. Our freedom was only threatened early on in our history. There are many others who have helped – as well as damaged – our freedoms in this country.

    As in any career, those who do it right deserve great honor, those who truly put their lives on the line deserve more respect by default.

    Any flag picture attracts me. This is a good one.

    Comment by Temple Stark — 2009/05/28 @ 20:09

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