Sunday, May 30, 2010

In Remembrance Of America's Fallen

Rational Nation USA reprints the following from LIHERALD and makes no claim as to originality of thought or content. The article is informative and well written. Americans all across this great land can benefit from the understanding of, and history surrounding Memorial Day.

Reprinted here with full credit to LIHERALD;

We all think it: Memorial Day symbolizes the start of summer. For many Americans it means dusting off the grill and making the pool water sparkle. It means big sales at the stores. It means hot dogs, baseball and a three-day weekend.

It means that spring is on its way out and the hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer are on the way in.
And yes, many of us get a lump in our throats as we watch from our lawn chairs as our veterans parade by — some marching in uniform, some riding in antique vehicles. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. They gave their lives for their county, and never came home from war. They never saw their families again.

Memorial Day — originally called Decoration Day — was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday, in 1873, and by 1890 it was observed by all of the northern states. (The South at first refused, honoring its dead separately until after World War I, when the holiday widened its focus from the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.)

Many of us have forgotten the true meaning of the day. While countless cities, towns and villages still stage Memorial Day parades, many have not held one in decades.

To help remind Americans of the holiday’s true meaning, a National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed 10 years ago, suggesting that at 3 p.m. local time, Americans observe a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a few seconds of silence or to listen to taps.

And so Rational Nation USA pauses in memory of, and in honor  of all  Americans who have fallen defending liberty.  Our nation and it's founding values have survived because of the men and women who have placed the principal of freedom above personal safety.

Even during the time of our Civil War the values were the same on both sides. The difference rested in the interpretation of, and the application of these principals to the realities of the time.

It is because of the validity of, and the inherent strength of our founding values this nation of free peoples has survived.  Let us not forget our founding principals.... ever.


1 comment:

  1. No, during the Civil War "Our" Values weren't the same on both sides.


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