2009.05.20 Susan Pierce: Memorial Day
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,