Monday, May 26, 2014

Honor, Reflect and Remember this Memorial Day

Honor. Reflect. Remember. Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery
I was honored to spend Memorial Day 2006 at Arlington National Cemetery

Why does it seem that today's culture has turned so many holidays into something else.  Memorial Day was established to honor our country's fallen soldiers and today it seems to have just turned into another three-day weekend.  Since our nation first began fighting for our freedom in the 1700s, more than one million Americans have lost their lives while serving our country.  Today's blog to remind everyone what the real "reason for the season" is and to put "Memorial" back into your Memorial Day weekend.

Finding a lost loved one on the Vietnam Wall Memorial - Honor, Reflect and Remember this Memorial Day
My Farmer found his uncle's name on the Vietnam Wall Memorial
during a trip to Washington DC in 2012

I am proud that my kids, only being 3 and under, know the tradition of visiting the graves of past loved ones and praying for them.  I am proud that today we celebrated as a family and were also able to talk to my youngest sister who is currently deployed in Kosovo.  I am proud to show my patriotism through simple things like flying a flag, to more involved things like being a township delegate at my county's convention the last several years.  Lastly, I am proud, and forever grateful for the service of all our men and women over the years who have fought and are continuing to fight for our country's independence.

Happy Memorial Day and Blessings to All of You!  How did you put "Memorial" into your Memorial Day weekend?  Remember to Comment for a Cause!

4 comments:

  1. Hi there! It's Kathy from Idyllic Pursuit!
    Typically, my dad and I would visit my brother's grave on Memorial Day. He died before I was born as a baby, but I still want to honor him. My dad is on hospice in our home this year, so we weren't able to get out of the house. Instead, my husband and I tended to the garden and mowed the lawn.
    I'm glad you were able to talk to your sister! I saw you did a summer bucket list last year--are you doing one this year? I'd love some ideas!

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    1. Yes, I am planning on getting our summer bucket list out this week, if not today. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I love that you are passing this on to your kids---it is something that is important and needs to be at the forefront but often gets ignored. Good for you!

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