Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Memorial Day - Don't forget our heroes

Memorial Day. The day we honor those who have served our country. Do you go to your local parade to wave to the proud men and women as they ride by in convertibles? Do you wave a flag as they proudly march in uniforms that usually don't fit quite as smoothly as they once did (but are still worn with pride)? I hope you do. In my community, the Memorial Day parade is the least attended parade of all, which is just sad and, I'm sorry to say, speaks volumes about our society.

I am admittedly a huge marshmallow when it comes to pride in my country. My favorite song is God Bless America and I get teary-eyed every single time I hear it. I put my hand over my heart when the Star Spangled Banner is played, which draws the occasional odd look from some. I love our flag and display it proudly - my girls like to tease that someday I'll be one of those old people riding on a scooter with an American flag flapping in the wind behind me atop a six foot pole. Let's hope not.

Anyway, if you can't make it to a parade or a ceremony this weekend, maybe you can spare just a moment in silence, and give thanks for those who have served, fought or sacrificed themselves for our freedoms and to make our country what it is today.

The above photo is from the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C.; I put it there in honor of my father who died in 1978. He proudly served as a sailor in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. I miss you, daddy.

Have a fun, safe holiday weekend!

God Bless America.



Kelley said...

It is easy to forget sometimes that this isnt just a three day weekend. There is a reason behind it, one we should a recognize. Memorial day is about all the men in women of the past, present, and future who fight for our country. Thanks for reminding us about that.

Judy F said...

That was so beautiful said Laurie. We have a parade here every year. Last couple of years my friend has stopped down with her girls. Hugs on your dad. I missed you today