Memorial Day – A Special Day Mindful of Being Remembered!

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The word “memorial” from origin refers to being mindful of something worthy of being remembered. The question is today are we more mindful of celebrating the coming of spring and warm days in our Memorial Day celebrating, or do we appropriately celebrate by honoring our fallen heroes that have preserved our cherished freedoms? This Memorial Day don’t forget it’s not beach, barbeque and beer day, but a day for mindful remembrance of those who gave all for us by giving their lives so we could live ours in a peace acquired by sacrifice.

Will you spend even a few minutes remembering and honoring our heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice demonstrating unselfish love of country and their fellow-man? In addition to our military members who have died in service, on Memorial Day we also include fallen policemen, firemen, other first responders and those who have given their lives in the performance of their duties to our cities, states and nation.

Unfortunately, the true meanings of Memorial Day have been lost to too many Americans. Our younger generations are no longer taught in depth of the sacrifices of those who have fought the wars that protect our shores and preserve our freedoms. Currently we are seeing those in service to others, especially in our metropolitan areas, too often denigrated, frequently including those who have sacrificed their lives to protect those expressing hate and derision instead of appreciation.

The Bible tells us in the New Testament there is no greater love than to give your life for another. Memorial Day exemplifies and honors that love, demonstrated by our fallen protectors who, as Christ before them, gave their lives for not just those they knew, but for the millions they did not know, including you and I.

How did Memorial Day become a holiday? Memorial Day was first proclaimed as Decoration Day by General John Logan and first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers in 183 cemeteries in 27 states.

And don’t forget, after Memorial Day, we celebrate the 71st anniversary of D-Day that occurred on June 6, 1944, when U.S. and allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France against entrenched German troops and fortifications, with thousands giving their lives for the cause of freedom. D-Day saw thousands of troops, ships and aircraft attack the Germans to begin the U.S. and Allied march across Europe to defeat Adolph Hitler, regrettably with huge loss of life.

As the kin of a fallen soldier once sagely stated, “Each loved his life as much as we love ours. Each had a place in the world, a family waiting and friends to see again. They thought of the future just as we do, with plans and hopes for a long life. But they left it all behind when they went to war, and parted with it forever when they died so that you and I might enjoy freedom today.”

Frankly speaking, the time is now on Memorial Day and D-Day to show we care and honor those men and women who have defended our cities and nation not for glory, honor, or fame, but voluntarily placed themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom and in that service have sacrificed with their lives.

Let us be sure this Memorial Day and D-Day and thereafter, that we are truly mindful of the memory of those who made that ultimate sacrifice. Those very special persons who will live on in our hearts and minds each day and thus be heroes that may be gone from us physically, but never forgotten.
Memorial Day – A Special Day Mindful of Being Remembered!

Frankly Speaking By Frank Jordan

The word “memorial” from origin refers to being mindful of something worthy of being remembered. The question is today are we more mindful of celebrating the coming of spring and warm days in our Memorial Day celebrating, or do we appropriately celebrate by honoring our fallen heroes that have preserved our cherished freedoms? This Memorial Day don’t forget it’s not beach, barbeque and beer day, but a day for mindful remembrance of those who gave all for us by giving their lives so we could live ours in a peace acquired by sacrifice.

Will you spend even a few minutes remembering and honoring our heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice demonstrating unselfish love of country and their fellow-man? In addition to our military members who have died in service, on Memorial Day we also include fallen policemen, firemen, other first responders and those who have given their lives in the performance of their duties to our cities, states and nation.

Unfortunately, the true meanings of Memorial Day have been lost to too many Americans. Our younger generations are no longer taught in depth of the sacrifices of those who have fought the wars that protect our shores and preserve our freedoms. Currently we are seeing those in service to others, especially in our metropolitan areas, too often denigrated, frequently including those who have sacrificed their lives to protect those expressing hate and derision instead of appreciation.

The Bible tells us in the New Testament there is no greater love than to give your life for another. Memorial Day exemplifies and honors that love, demonstrated by our fallen protectors who, as Christ before them, gave their lives for not just those they knew, but for the millions they did not know, including you and I.

How did Memorial Day become a holiday? Memorial Day was first proclaimed as Decoration Day by General John Logan and first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers in 183 cemeteries in 27 states.

And don’t forget, after Memorial Day, we celebrate the 71st anniversary of D-Day that occurred on June 6, 1944, when U.S. and allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France against entrenched German troops and fortifications, with thousands giving their lives for the cause of freedom. D-Day saw thousands of troops, ships and aircraft attack the Germans to begin the U.S. and Allied march across Europe to defeat Adolph Hitler, regrettably with huge loss of life.

As the kin of a fallen soldier once sagely stated, “Each loved his life as much as we love ours. Each had a place in the world, a family waiting and friends to see again. They thought of the future just as we do, with plans and hopes for a long life. But they left it all behind when they went to war, and parted with it forever when they died so that you and I might enjoy freedom today.”

Frankly speaking, the time is now on Memorial Day and D-Day to show we care and honor those men and women who have defended our cities and nation not for glory, honor, or fame, but voluntarily placed themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedom and in that service have sacrificed with their lives.

Let us be sure this Memorial Day and D-Day and thereafter, that we are truly mindful of the memory of those who made that ultimate sacrifice. Those very special persons who will live on in our hearts and minds each day and thus be heroes that may be gone from us physically, but never forgotten.


A great song…..check out the blues at the end–makes your heart soar watching this patrotic video with the flags waving..what a great country we live in….
The Texas Tenors


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