This Memorial Day, Remember Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

May 31st, 2010


Thought you’d find another “keep it green” post here, huh? I’ve done that before.

But what I hadn’t done until recently is realize how few people actually take the time to truly commemorate Memorial Day.

Of course, every holiday is a bit like that. The religious complain that Christ has been left out of Christmas. Thanksgiving, for some,  is just a prelude to “Black Friday.” And Memorial Day…well, it’s the official launch of summer.

The beach beckons.


Coolers must be filled.

Grills must be fired up.


But it’s also a time when veterans, and those who love and respect them,  come together to honor the ultimate sacrifice – laying their lives on the line for this country.


Today,  just steps from a busy boardwalk, I observed a sparsely attended ceremony honoring those who fought battles  long ago…and the battles of today.


I wasn’t surprised to hear the Master Sargeant from Dover Air Force Base talking about receiving fallen soldiers from overseas, but I was a bit surprised to hear him talk about a time in the future, a time “when our  youth are no longer asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.”

Too late to visit a wreath laying in your community?  If you do nothing else, consider donating to the Memorial Day Donation Challenge  from Paralyzed Veterans of America (donations are doubled up through today). And be sure to head on over to Twilight Earth to read this poignant post from DC green guy Adam Shake, a veteran of the war in Bosnia.

— Lynn

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6 Responses to “This Memorial Day, Remember Why We Celebrate Memorial Day”

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  2. Brenna on May 31, 2010 2:28 pm

    “a time ‘when our youth are no longer asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.'”

    Wouldn’t that be amazing if we could see this? Or even our children? We have talked a little about what today means. My oldest is finally of the age that he understands more and has more curiosity. I just hate for him to learn about the realities of war at all…
    .-= Brenna´s last blog ..Want to win the $100 gift certificate to Clementine NW? =-.

  3. Lynn on May 31, 2010 6:44 pm

    Yes, you’re so right, Brenna… It would be amazing if we could live to see this!

  4. tbers on June 3, 2010 12:17 pm

    Great story. Thank you for it and for the marvelous pictures.

  5. Lynn on June 7, 2010 6:53 pm

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    Sadly, I’ve gotten some sporadic reports that my blog is not always allowing people to leave comments…so when I get them now, I’m so relieved!!! :)

  6. john montelione on May 29, 2011 10:15 am

    Hanging My Father’s Flag

    He told me about the years he fought.
    Some stories were clothe in adventure,
    Others sad, but all laid within his heart.

    At 20, in ’41, he joined and learned to be a soldier.
    Five year latter, with gold bars and head held high
    Johnny came home, marching again.

    Today, 65 years later, I open the draw
    And reach for his red, white and blue.
    It will again be hung in honor.

    He fought to bring down evil.
    Then for a generation, the brave fought
    And lives given for causes we didn’t understand

    But today our nation can cheer
    For once more, the brave have brought down evil
    And again my father’s flag hangs with pride.

    head coach

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