Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

Let's start off with Gene Simmons' tribute to the military. If you have ever watched his reality show "Family Jewels" you are probably aware of Gene's commitment, respect, and admiration of those who serve.

President Bush's Proclamation for Memorial Day with a request for a Prayer for Peace and a National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 PM

The history of Taps, the final bugle call played at military funerals followed by the 21-gun salute which sends a fallen comrade on their flight to heaven, as explained by John Wayne. For some of us there is nothing like Taps and the volley of fire to send a shiver up the spine, inspire us to never forget, and bring such sorrow.

If you have someone you would like to honor who has served this country in uniform visit this Flickr page to post a tribute or view the photos.

This is my favorite.
On this Memorial Day, remember the fallen, but also remember what they sacrificed to preserve. It is not wrong to go to picnics, enjoy outdoor concerts or parades, because that is exactly what they would want you to celebrate and it is the best way to prove that their sacrifice was not in vain. This is a day to honor the fallen but not to grieve.

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