It’s kind of sad, but for most people, Memorial Day only means the start of the summer vacation season or maybe a day off work and a long weekend.
I know you’ve probably got a lot going on. I do too. But let’s try to remember the reason we have this federal holiday.
Memorial Day is set aside each year to honor those who have died in service to our country. And we should participate in doing just that.
You can still accomplish that and watch the big car races, and enjoy family gatherings and beach outings.
Here are some possibilities:
Fly an American flag outside your home to show your support for our country.
You can also visit the National Cemetery off Market Street and say a little prayer for those buried there.
There’s a National Moment of Remembrance on Monday for one minute. It will take place at 3 p.m. Stand silent and reflect on the sacrifices made to help keep us safe.
The most notable observance you can attend in our area is a touching ceremony that takes place on the Battleship North Carolina at 5:00, Monday evening. I can’t think of a better way to wrap up your holiday weekend.
Whatever you do this weekend, please try to find at least one small way to put the word “memorial” back into this holiday weekend.
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Emailed comments from viewers:
Thank you for this nice comments about Memorial Day. People forget this is a day to remember those who have given their life (either dead or disabled) for us to be able to live in “Peace” and enjoy all those things we take for granted.
I hope more people start remembering we have what we have because of those who preceded us. It is a privilege to have what we have.
Thanks again for these nice comments about Memorial Day.
As I was watching and observing the different news articles during this past week, It seemed odd the extremes the various new coverage went on topics. On Monday - Memorial Day coverage was taken up with the fallen war veterans who served this country proudly mostly as many have called " the greatest generation " during WWII ( my father served ).
A couple days later I believe there was a naturalization ceremony at UNC-W whereby many people became US citizens. The next day, there was coverage where a immigrant up in Greensboro was seeking sanctuary at a local church from ICE agents so she would not be deported. However she has been in this county 23-24 years.
To me that is like riding around with expired tags and blaming a police officer if he stops you and gives you a ticket. Why do these people, live here all these years and not go thru the process of becoming a citizen? Like going to DMV office the first time and getting any paperwork done correctly, once it is done then renewals are a breeze.
Back to Memorial Day, wonder if those men could see how this country has become both morally and spiritually they would say we died in vain.
Maybe the local school system should incorporate mandatory field trip to the National Cemetery and let someone from the VFW post give the tour and tell them how blessed they are because this generation thinks they are " entitled " to everything...