"The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem."
-Rev. Aaron Kilbourn
"Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country." (source)
Heavy on my mind today are the 241 Marines that were murdered in the Beirut bombing in October 1983. These Marines never seem to have gotten the respect and remembrance they deserve. If you have a minute you should look at this great page that has been done in their honor.
Though it's not the 'official' purpose of the day, I also wanted to say a very special thank you to all the active military and veterans that I know. You have all been there, fighting with and supporting the soldiers that fell...and in my mind it's your day too...
..and also those not pictured here: 91ghost, CBFTW, Monica, Phoenix, John Donovan, That Dude, Trek, Michael, Phil, TWD, Paul, Shon and my Pop.
Thank you all --my respect and gratitude is immeasurable.
"The story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots."
"We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."