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Memorial Day and American Flags          (01/16/2009 20:08 wh)

Memorial Day...Freedom isn't Free!!

Dance Tip of the week:

Memorial Day (excerpt from memorialday.org)

Over the years the meaning of Memorial Day has faded more and more from the public consciousness.

From a solemn day of mourning, remembrance, and honor to our departed loved ones, it has degenerated into a weekend of Bar-B-Q's, shopping bargains and beaches where only token nods toward our honored dead is given, if at all.

Too many people don't even know what the day stands for. Memorial Day used to be a solemn, sacred day that was reserved only for remembrance of those who gave their all for this country. Just one day to pause and reflect out of the entire year.

Businesses used to close for the day. Towns held parades honoring the fallen, with the parade routes often times ending at a local cemetery where veterans were buried, and where Memorial Day speeches were given. People took the time that day to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those the fell in service to their country. .............................................

"Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic." -- General Logan - May 5, 1868 ..............................................

It is human nature to avoid the unpleasant. But we need to remember the cost of war, we need to remember the price paid for our freedoms, we need to not let those who died, die forgotten and in vain.

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Thought for a day...Freedom is Never Free

Freedom is Never Free - Author unknown

 

I watched the flag pass by one day.

It fluttered in the breeze.

A young Marine saluted it,

And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform

So young, so tall, so proud,

With hair cut square and eyes alert

He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him

Had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign soil?

How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?

How many died at sea?

How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?

No, freedom isn't free.

 

I heard the sound of taps one night,

When everything was still

I listened to the bugler play

And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times

That taps had meant "Amen,"

When a flag had draped a coffin

Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,

Of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and husbands

With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard

At the bottom of the sea

Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

No, freedom isn't free.

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