28 May 2007

Memorial Day

I wanted to write an insightful post about Memorial Day because -- I think -- it is important. Being a conscientious blogger I decided to google Memorial Day to get a little bit about the history behind the day. Ignoring the News Results section, the fifth hit goes to a page with this as the start of its description:

Memorial Day and Labor Day are bookend holidays, marking the beginning and end of the summer holidays in the United States. These three-day weekends traditionally are times for celebration and family outings.
Instead, I want to give you this quote from a different site: "Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service." And this also:

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."
Three o'clock is rapidly approaching on the East Coast. Please take a moment to remember and respect those who have died serving our country.

Take a moment to appreciate the wisdom behind this song also which is based on something the songwriter witnessed one Veterans Day in Canada:

A Pittance of Time

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