In the words of one of our most beloved presidents, "Ask not what your country can do for you - but what you can do for your country." Many of our family members answered this call long before and after these words were spoken. I'm talking a moment on Memorial Day to pause and remember those in our families, as well as other families across America, who gave themselves selflessly, and continue to do so, to protect our freedoms and keep us safe.
"As you enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment and remember WHY this holiday exists in the first place. Never Forget those who have given their very lives for this country. THEY are the reason YOU live FREE!"
In honor of all of our great grandfathers, fathers, brothers, sons, uncles, cousins, friends, and many others across America, I, and the others here, remember and honor you today.
I happened to find this video explaining the flag folding ceremony, which I have personally witnessed many times, that explains what each step honors and represents. Some of you, like myself, may own one or more of these treasured flags. I found this to be inspirational, and informative, and it brought memories of the many times, and those who served to memory.
There are likely to be many other "versions" of this solemn and moving ceremony, but my reason for posting it here, is to honor - to remember - each and every person who has served wherever they served, to uphold and defend the very values, liberties, and freedoms our country was founded upon.
"For love of country, they accepted death." ~ James A Garfiled
This is a very moving ceremony when witnessed in person, and I offer it as an inspiration, and educational piece for those of you who might be interested, as well as my way of thanking them, and also in loving memory of our family members, and to honor ALL who served, and continue to serve, our country.
Heroism is not only in the man, but in the occasion." ~ Calvin Coolidge
I wish to express my thanks and honor to our military, our reserves, our guard members, our veterans, and our 1st-Responders, and all who keep our families safe today.
Thank you for joining me on Memorial Day, and I wish you all a happy and memorable day.
Thanks for stopping by.