The Significance of Memorial Day!
Monday, May 25th marks the observance of one of our most revered holidays – Memorial Day. This is the day designated to pay tribute to those who have served our country in the military and helped make this one of the greatest countries in the world. Many of this nation’s patriots have paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we all enjoy…freedoms that many, unfortunately, take for granted.
Memorial Day is a very special day – a day to step back and recognize how fortunate we are to live in a country that is very special in so many ways!
Unfortunately, there are too many of us who take Memorial Day as jus another holiday and don’t appreciate its significance. To some, it’s a day to go shopping… a day off from our labors…a vacation day to sleep in.
Years ago, in the days when Memorial Day was also known as Decoration Day – it was a time to pay tribute in a special way – there was always a Patriotic Parade, which usually ended up at the cemetery…where military veterans who served our country were honored…where graves were given special recognition and were adorned with flowers, flags, and other designations.
Memorial Day is when we take time to honor our loved ones who have passed away, and also to honor those who are now serving this country in all parts of the world – defending this nation in so many ways.
It’s a time to look up to the American Flag and realize what it stands for. We are all Americans and we share the importance of what that means.
To this end, let’s never take for granted who we are and what we have. What better time than to honor Memorial Day!
Robert W. Dickey
Broadcast: May 22, 23, 24, 25, 2009
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