Sunday, May 28, 2006

Memorial Day Tomorrow

A day to remember. To remember with prayer and love all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of others. That is what the day is supposed to be. But is it really that anymore?

Is it now just a three day holiday that means summer is here. A day for cookouts and such. In a way it should be both. A day to enjoy the freedoms after remembering those who have died for them.

But today we usually go right to the cookouts.

This site has ways to support a bill to restore Memorial day to the traditional meaning. It was said at the first Memorial day (link):

"Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic." -- General Logan - May 5, 1868

Mr. Inouye (a veteran of WWII) said in his introduction to the bill:

As eloquently stated by Mr. Inouye in his introductory remarks to both bills:

"Mr. President, in our effort to accommodate many Americans by making the last Monday in May, Memorial Day, we have lost sight of the significance of this day to our nation. Instead of using Memorial Day as a time to honor and reflect on the sacrifices made by Americans in combat, many Americans use the day as a celebration of the beginning of summer.

My bill would restore Memorial Day to May 30 and authorize our flag to fly at half mast on that day. In addition, this legislation would authorize the President to issue a proclamation designating Memorial Day and Veterans Day as days for prayer and ceremonies honoring American veterans. This legislation would help restore the recognition our veterans deserve for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our nation." (1999 Congressional Record, page S621, and 2003 Congressional Record, page S67)

May we remember, in the name of a loving God, all those who would give up their lives for the freedom of others.


VIVA said...

Nice blog :)

One question
If you are a devout Catholic, why there isn't even 1 post about Pope's Benedict XVI first trip to Poland?
The trip to Poland was the first one he scheduled himself.

DavidNic said...

I usually post three or so times a day, but in the last few days it's been hectic and I've not been able to post much.

The main reason I didn't do onw is that there has been alot of media coverage on the trip in the mainstream and on blogs that have a better handle on the situation and the news of the events than I do.

I thought I'd do a post on tuesday or wednesday since the trip would be over and I could do some thoughts on the overall reaction and effect.

Alot of blogs cover Pope Benedict XVI closely and do a far better job of it that I could.

I like to read:

The Pope and his intentions remain in my daily Rosary and his strong stands for unity and against relativism inspire and guide my daily thoughts.