2009.05.20 Susan Pierce: Memorial Day

Written by David Green.

My words are not intended to offend anyone, but rather to help inform the members of my community.

Last year I attended the Memorial Day Parade. The Veterans approached me carrying my country’s flag. I stood and placed my hand over my heart and as I did this I took a quick look around, and my heart  sank. I was the only one within my view that was standing, showing the flag and the veterans the respect they deserve. Ever since that day it has really troubled me that the true meaning of Memorial Day has been lost, somehow, throughout history.

Memorial Day is not about the great deals that you can get at the store, or about the three-day weekend. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who willingly answered the call of duty and ultimately paid for this country’s freedom with their lives.

I hope to see some change in the way those who paid for my freedom with their lives are remembered. In 2000, Congress passed a resolution to help Americans remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. It is called the “National Moment of Remembrance,” which states that at 3 p.m. Americans should have a moment of silence to remember those who have lost their lives in military service to their country.

Maybe if we all start remembering what this day is supposed to be about it would help return the solemn meaning back to the day. It’s just one day out of the year to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

Proud to be an American,

Susan Pierce

Burley Street

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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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