Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 

This may be the start of our summer vacation (whoop-whoop!) but it's also a weekend to honor and celebrate the service men and women of our country who sacrificed their lives to help secure the future of Americans.  

Please be proud of our country, of our military service members and as you celebrate this long weekend, say a word of thanks for those who gave their lives fighting for our country in  any capacity.

As stated by Adali Stevenson, "I venture to suggest that patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."  

Just a bit of history about Memorial Day.....

In 1915, Moina Michael replied with her own poem:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. 

Have a great weekend!

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -- Abraham Lincoln


  1. I have seen so many American flags flying in north Alabama and in Joplin, MO over the past few weeks and days. I am so thankful we live in a country where we are able to own our own land and to fly our own flag! And we are strong enough to remember proudly those that have given everything for us to do so.

  2. I work in a public high school, and I worry about the lack of respect for our flag and lack of knowledge among our young people about what it takes to maintain our freedom. I see a lot of that attitude emanating from their parents, but I also believe our history curriculums no longer emphasize the core values of patriotism, service and sacrifice. We have an outstanding JROTC program in our school, and those students set a fine example for the others, however they are a very small minority. It also appears that the majority of the students who stick with JROTC in high school already have a mility connection. I appreciate your reminders to us all, to remember our soldiers and to ponder Lincoln's astute observation. msm