Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Originally known as Remembrance Day it started as a way to honor veterans of the Civil War, both north and south. In cities, towns, and villages across the nation there were parades and solemn processions to decorate the graves of veterans of not only the Civil War but also the Mexican American War and the Revolutionary War. It became a tradition that was observed on May 30th of every year. It wasn't until after WWII that Congress created it as a three day weekend on the fourth Monday in May, and it became the unofficial beginning of summer. It morphed into an occasion for back yard barbecues, camping trips, and family get togethers. No problem with that here. Fun and family are both important.
But folks, it's time to put "memory" back into Memorial Day. Tomorrow May 25 at 3:00 PM is the national moment of silence in remembrance of all our veterans who gave their lives or were injured in the service of their country. I ask you to observe that moment of silence and perhaps offer up a silent prayer for those who made this three day weekend possible as well as the deeper blessings of liberty that we all enjoy. I would include those who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan right now. To paraphrase Colin Powell, they are our next Greatest Generation.
For now good night.
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