Why Memorial Day still matters

Memorial Day means different things to different people.  To me, it’s a time to remember both my Grandfathers.  Men who made the Army their careers and were gone from their loved ones for years at a time fighting in World War II and the Korean War.  They held our country and it’s flag in high regard.  I remember my Grandpa always flying his flag at half-mast from sunrise to noon each Memorial Day.  He taught us this showed respect for the fallen warriors as well as the victories and those who still work to defend our great country.

It means flashing back to one night the week before Christmas, getting that call from my little brother stationed in Germany that he was being deployed to Dessert Storm.

It means standing by the graveside of my recently deceased brother in-law and being humbled by the ceremony and honor the Veterans gave to show the fallen Vietnam Veteran and jumping as the 21 gun salute rang off over the hills that sunny spring morning.

It means thinking of a good friend who is making his career as a Doctor one of service in the Navy and for his family that stands with him in support while being shuttled all over the world to do so.

There are many ways you can show your support this holiday weekend – but let’s remember the true meaning and keep a those we may have known or lost in our thoughts and prayers.  Here are some other ways to join in remembrance in Michigan:

  • Attending a local ceremony or parade
  • Viewing the annual Michigan Senate Memorial Day service. This special event honors Michigan residents killed in action over the previous 12 months. Live streaming of the ceremony is available online at www.senate.michigan.gov. The event will be held Thursday, May 23, beginning at 10 a.m.
  • Observing the National Moment of Remembrance. This observance asks Americans to pause in their daily activities at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day to honor those who laid down their lives.
  • Flying your flag at home or the office at half-staff from sunrise to noon.

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