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The real meaning of Memorial Day -- Here in a resort area, Memorial Day weekend is considered the kickoff to the busy summer season and looking forward to fun times on the beach!
Although there is nothing wrong with that, and we would not change it, I hope readers will give a few moments thought to the real meaning of Memorial Day this weekend.
The trouble with evoking memories from past military conflicts is that they represent another time, one that is hard for many of us to connect with today.
But for those who lived through the past few wars, Memorial Day is not a history lesson, quickly forgotten like other lessons from our school days. For them it is the father, the brother, the son, the husband, the friend who never came home.
And for those of us living today, the war dead are our vivid connection to Memorial Day -- because it is an eerie fact that many of us would not be here today were it not for a quirk of fate that allowed our fathers to survive a war. My Great Uncle and Father in Law fought and survived World War II, my father fought and survived the Korean War and my brother fought and survived the Vietnam War (He now owns Liberty Call which you can see on this website). I am eternally grateful for not only my own existence but also for my niece and nephew, my brother’s children born after he served in Vietnam.
How many of the next generation know that;
25,000 Americans died in the Revolutionary War
15,000 Americans died in the War of 1812
500,000 Americans died in the Civil War
116,000 Americans died in World War I
more than 400,000 Americans died in World War II
54,000 Americans died in the Korean War
58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War
or that 6720 Americans in the Military have died since 2001 in the War on Terror?
How many of the dead would have fathered children whose impact would still be felt in our lives today?
Since many of these heroes were only 18 or 19 years old, they were robbed of the chance to leave us any legacy other than the memory of their sacrifice.
A wounded seaman who was taken aboard a rescue vessel during the D-Day invasion was quoted in Life magazine about the fundamental mystery of war:
"(The ship) was loaded with the bodies of sailors, soldiers, airmen; the wounded and survivors. And on board was the body of my friend Pete Petersen. He was going to be 21 on June 22. One thing you always wonder is, how does that decision get made: Who dies and who doesn't?"
On this holiday weekend, let's not forget the meaning behind Memorial Day. The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 by the President of the United States which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a minute of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”
Let's take just a minute on Monday at 3 pm and honor those who died for us; I know my family and I will. Then we will make a toast to them and to each other.
Happy Memorial Day to all of you and STAY SAFE THIS WEEKEND!
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