Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Memorial Day, May 31, 2010.A day of national mourning as signified by flying flags half mast.

This day is special to veterans of all wars.
The many men and women who sacrificed limbs, lives for the service of this country, are remembered on this day.
It is even more important that the generations now, and to come, remember these sacrifices. Without remembrance, all that our veterans have done looses meaning. America's consciousness should make sure that all citizens recall what has passed on these special occasions honoring the deaths of their fellow countrymen during wartime.
A local politician noted at a speech at the Veterans' Memorial, that the government of our country takes good care of their veterans. What planet does this individual come from when it can be proven that the majority of America's homeless are veterans, veterans who were denied treatment when they came home, were without jobs, were NOT treated like the heroes they are?
This should be regarded as a civic obligation.
Not too long ago scandal surfaced as to conditions at Walter Reed. More information came to the surface about the huge amount of red tape placed in the way of those who actually tried to apply for help that was rightfully theirs, red tape placed by the very politicians who started the last two wars by telling lies, those who told their audiences that America takes good care of those veterans, politicians who will say whatever it takes to win local elections.
Parades, moments of prayer, attending memorial ceremonies, displaying the flag, finding a way to do a kindness for a veteran are all means of honoring these men and women. One of the best ways is to become a citizen who really thinks and acts after studying what is true and what is just media and political hype BEFORE they vote.

Yes, attending commemorative ceremonies is the most visible way of demonstrating remembrance: placing flags at gravesites, marching in parades, dedicating memorials, buying and wearing the red poppies are examples, but voting wisely is essential. May the spirits of our veterans rise above today's partisanship. God bless the America they fought for.

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