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Patricia
05-30-2004, 18:49
Just got back from the grocery store. Memorial Day sales are everywhere. Red, white, and blue cakes, flowers, you name it. My little guy asked me what Memorial Day is for. I told him that it is to honor all those that lost their lives serving this country. This being the Veteran's Forum, I thought it would be nice if we all offered up a moment of silence and respect in honor of all those fallen. God bless them all.

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RussP
05-30-2004, 20:18
Patricia, here is the "Official" word...

Along with other Americans, you are asked to observe the National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2004 at 3:00 p.m. local time (duration: one minute). The time 3:00 p.m. was chosen because it is the time when many Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday. The Moment does not replace the traditional Memorial Day observances. It is intended to a be a unifying act of remembrance for Americans of all ages. As you participate in the Moment you are helping reclaim Memorial Day for the noble and sacred reason for which it was intended—to honor those who died in service to our Nation.
http://www.remember.gov/moment/images/old_guard_escort.jpg
The Old Guard Escorts A Soldier To His
Final Resting Place, Arlington National Cemetery

"They say, we leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. Give them an end to the war and a true peace. Give them a victory that ends the war and peace afterwards. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died. Remember us."

—Archibald MacLeish
Here is a link to "Taps"... http://www.remember.gov/moment/files/taps_withdrum.au

I hope it works...

http://www.remember.gov/moment/images/flags_cemetery.jpg

Patricia
05-30-2004, 21:04
That's beautiful Russ. I'll read it to my son. :)

WYO.Kid
05-31-2004, 12:25
I'm with ya Russ!!

Something we all need to do.

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Bill Powell
06-03-2004, 05:18
when i was but a wee lad, i was in the national guard, and we used to do the local military funerals. even then, at seventeen, there was something about the experience that moved me. we fired a pretty ragged volley, and our bugler played a trumpet, and missed a note occasionally, but i thought it was grand. i have learned to appreciate the efforts of these people even more as the years go by. unlike today's honor guards, we were burying veterans of the spanish american war, the malay uprising, and the first world war. i am, today, honored to have been able to do that.