Monday, May 26, 2008

Remembering Our Veterans

Betsy's Page has some World War I memories; The Mansfield, OH, News Journal writes "Do not forget the reason for Memorial Day":
".... Memorial Day should never be used by any group to grind any kind of political ax. There are many other days of the year for that. It should not be used to generate profits for any company. It should not be used just as a great excuse for a three-day weekend, which unfortunately is too often the case, especially since Congress turned Memorial Day into a three-day weekend with the National Holiday Act of 1971. No, today should be simply used to stop and say "thanks" to the men and women of our Armed Forces. It should be used as a day to spend a few quiet moments thinking about the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who went into harm's way and never came home again. It should be used as a day to stop and offer a prayer for the souls of the brave men and women who did what their country asked them to do, regardless of their own personal fears, feelings and misgivings. It should be used as a day to learn more about the great sacrifices these men and women made on our behalf. A day to teach our children about those sacrifices."

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