Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, I finally have an understanding of what this day truly means. This has been a year of sacrifices for so many, nurses, doctors, parents, children, grandparents and so many more. The biggest unknown sacrifice we have made in this last year has been the sacrifices of freedom.
Because of GOD and as written in the Constitution, we have unalienable rights and they have been protected by the sacrifice of men and women for hundreds of years. Freedom of speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom to keep and bear arms are just a few. Men and woman from our armed forces, sacrifice their lives every single day, to maintain the freedom of the Greatest Nation in the World. The ultimate sacrifice they have made is by the one commodity we all take for granted, their life. I took my freedoms for granted until this past year, I used to think about this holiday as a time to relax and get things done.
This past year and unknowingly in every year previous to this one, our freedom has been threatened by not only our enemies but by our own government officials. It IS the responsibility of every person in the US to stand up for the freedoms we are given as citizens of the United State of America. If we continue on the path of thinking Memorial Day is just a “long weekend”, the weight of the sacrifice will disappear along with our freedoms.
What can we do so we don’t forget the freedom & sacrifice?
Here are 5 things you can do every memorial day to ensure that the true weight of today is passed down to every generation that comes after this one.
- Attend a Memorial Day Parade in your area and stand when the Armed Forces march by the spot your sitting. Wave the flag proudly for them and cheer as loud as you can. If you couldn’t find any this year, check your city websites for dates, times, and locations of future parades.
- Take part in a fundraiser, or make a donation to one of the following causes in honor of/in memory of a hero.
- Visit or make plans to visit a memorial wall in your area during the year. Here’s a list of different memorials and their schedules for the year.
- Watch movies or go to your local library and check out books regarding the many historical battles that have made the United State the Great Country in the World. Learn about the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetary.
- Proudly display the US Flag at your home or in your car.
Lastly, make sure to stand every time the national anthem is played. Whether it’s at a game, in the comfort of your home while watching a sporting event or at school during the morning pledge, standing shows a sign of respect for the many people who made the ultimate sacrifice for your Freedom.
- absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.
- the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
The Pledge of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Oh O Say, can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight’s last gleaming.
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.
And the rockets red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night,
That our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave