Memorial Day 2009

Observed in some form or fashion since its original proclamation in 1868, Memorial Day is observed to allow patriotic Americans the opportunity to show our thanks to those who gave their all in defending our country. Memorial Day gives those of us who enjoy our freedoms the opportunity to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might retain those freedoms.

In memory of those who have fallen in defense of the liberties many of us take for granted, Americans, wherever they are, will observe a National Moment of Remembrance today at 3pm local time. This is an act of national unity that has been established to honor America’s fallen and the families they left behind. I urge you to pause in reflection and remembrance of those who gave their lives in service to our nation.

I was reminded last Friday that the late Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Homes referred to Memorial Day as, “Our Most Sacred Holiday” and proposed that “we not ponder with sad thoughts the passing of our heroes, but rather ponder their legacy – the life they made possible for us by their commitment and pain.”

To those who gave their all; to their families, loved ones and friends who lost a part of their lives; I say simply, and sincerely, with a heart full of gratitude, “Thank you.”

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I'm a freelance writer and blogger who has written for, among others, Tribune Media Services, Suite101 and Athena Guides. As an intrepid traveler I have chronicled some of my travels at The Verbal Vagabond, my travel blog. And, being an avid amateur photographer, I also have a photography blog spotlighting photos I have taken of areas around my hometown at Postcards From Maggie Valley. Speaking of Maggie Valley, that is where my wife, our Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix, Bella, our Orange Tabby, Tigger and I live in a log cabin on a mountain in Western North Carolina, just at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I enjoy hiking, camping, art, travel, photography (as mentioned above), and an occasional glass of good wine while reading or writing in front of the fireplace.
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