“Must do” planning for this Memorial Day Weekend

22May13

A special thanks to David Merchant @ http://www.usmemorialday.org/act.html

Memorial Day used to be a solemn day of mourning, a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.

Businesses closed for the day.

Towns held parades honoring the fallen, the parade routes often times ending at a local cemetery, where Memorial Day speeches were given and prayers offered up.

People took the time that day to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those the fell in service to their country.

We need to remember with sincere respect those who paid the price for our freedoms; we need to keep in sacred remembrance those who died serving their country.

We need to never let them be forgotten.

However, over the years the original meaning and spirit of Memorial Day has faded from the public consciousness.

On Memorial Day we need to stop and pay with sincere conviction our respects for those who died protecting and preserving the freedoms we enjoy, for we owe those honored dead more than we can ever repay.

People of other nations sometimes show more of the true spirit of Memorial Day more than we do here. For example, a 2001 U.S. Memorial Day Guestbook entry from a citizen of the Netherlands states:

“In 1999 I laid flowers at the grave of a young U.S. fighter pilot who was KIA in my village in 1945.

In the Netherlands I know of schools ‘adopting’ graves of Allied servicemen, keeping those graves in excellent condition! Does anybody know of adopting graves in the U.S. by schools?…Sincerely, Paul Patist Castricum, The Netherlands – May 15,2001″

How many graves of our fallen do we in America leave dishonored by leaving their resting places forgotten and neglected?

Unfortunately, when Congress made Memorial day into a mandatory three-day weekend in with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363), it made it all the easier for us to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day.

May we, as a nation, collectively as individuals, find a few moments over this Memorial Day Weekend to pay tribute to those who have fallen…Like planting a tree in honor of this   Memorial Day…

Thanks to all our Veterans!

Al Bagocius
The A & I Consulting Group
Creative Packaging Solutions
9838 Old Baymeadows Road # 387
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Voice Mail: 904.553.9539
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