“Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.” Daniel Webster
What does Memorial Day mean to you?
My great Uncle Ken died during the Bataan Death March of 1942. My friend Ron Parker died in Viet-Nam while I was still in high school.
Memorial Day is a day for remembering. It’s a day for giving thanks that there are men and women who were willing (or in some cases forced) to face danger in order that we might live lives of relative peace. There are services held at different places around the country, usually at cemeteries. And there are the Memorial Day sales….
In England they celebrate “Remembrance Sunday” on the Sunday nearest November 11th. Then on November 11 at 11:00 the nation observes two minutes of silence.
In South Korea, there is a national moment of silence on June 6th at 10:00. June was the month the Korean War began.
In France “Armistice Day” is November 11th with special church services and poppy adornments.
On March 18th Turkey celebrates “Martyr’s Day” to commemorate Turks who died for their country.
I’m sure there are others. However, frankly, I never gave it any thought that other countries might pick a day to honor their War Dead. Growing up we didn’t do anything special except ride in the town’s Memorial Day Parade one year.
As I read today’s quote I realize there is a call to action and a warning. Did you see it? It’s as Daniel Webster wrote to say, “If we forget their sacrifice, we will lose the very land and freedoms they sacrificed their lives to preserve”.
Would that not be the ultimate dishonor and the ultimate waste?
What will you do to honor those who died that you might be free?
I don’t know what we will do this year, but I want to do something. If you have an idea, I’d love for you to share it!
FYI: Daniel Webster, January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852 was an American statesman and lawyer. He argued before the Supreme Court and served twice as US Secretary of State. He was considered to be one of the finest orators of his time. He was a cousin to Noah Webster, of Webster’s Dictionary fame.