Memorial Day

by Ryan on May 26, 2008

in Blogs,Culture,The Iraq Front,War on Terror

To most, Memorial Day is the official kickoff to the summer season — pools, barbecue, the beach, movie marathons. 

Lately, to more and more Americans its more solemn roots are revived.  It was a day first commemorated as “Decoration Day” to put flags and other items at the graves of friends or relatives who died in the Civil War.  Then, by World War I, it’s name had changed to Memorial Day and was honored on May 30.  It wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day became the fourth Monday in May.

So, today we honor those who have died defending this country and her interests. Lincoln once said on an old battlefield during the dark days of the Civil War that “it is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” 

Such is our charge as we enjoy the sales, the sun and the hot dogs, that we take a minute to remember who have died so that we might live the way we do.

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rightonoz May 26, 2008 at 5:54 pm

We have a similar day here, ANZAC day where we remember all those who fought, especially those who did not return. ANZAC means Australia and New Zealand Army Corp as during WW1 the two countries troops intiially fought together. We have the usual dawn service and parades of returned services members in both countries, however as more of them pass on, their children and grandchildren march in their place displaying the medals they won. There is also on that morning a joint service at Gallipoli in Turkey where the ANZAC legend was born where the Turks join in acknowledging the immense courage on both sides, and this year for the first time a French town had a service to remember the thousands of Australian soldiers who died freeing their town

For many years the local organisers would not let Korean or Vietnam vets march as they were not considered ‘real’ wars, however thankfully that is no longer the case and the country remembers everyone who contributed to freedom. We often also have groups of US vets join as Australia and the US fought together in many battles in the Pacific.

It will be a VERY sad day for both countries if we ever neglect to honour those who sacrificed.

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Bob May 27, 2008 at 8:42 pm

It is a shame that the democrat likely to run against McCain did not know that Memorial Day was to honor soliders who gave their lives in military combat. He was under the impression that this holiday is to honor present military personnel. Apparently, Obama is another product of the American educational system. Shame on us.

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