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A noble day of remembrance

‘Yesterdays and Todays’ columnist reflects on the history and importance of Memorial Day

May 27, 2012
The OBSERVER

All thoughtful Americans could have something in common tomorrow at 3 p.m. It's not eating hot dogs and hamburgers at the kick off to the summer family picnic, but it could happen at the gathering. What citizens could all have in common is taking a few minutes during the "National Moment of Remembrance" to pause and think about those who have died in service to the United States. Begun several years ago, the purpose of this moment is to encourage Americans to remember the meaning of Memorial Day, our national holiday reserved to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Those of us who know simply need to take the time to reflect about it from our own experiences. Those who have influence on younger people can take the time to share experiences and teach the rising generation about our history as a nation and the resulting freedoms we enjoy. A great appreciation of the past is both appropriate, patriotic, and helps preserve our liberties in the future.

 
 

 

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