As Memorial Day approaches the GunDudes would like to offer our thanks to the uniformed men and women of the Armed Forces that serve our Country, protect our Liberties, and put their lives on the line every day. We’d also like to reverently thank the families of those who have lost loved ones to this cause, for paying the ultimate price for complete strangers. Although we may have never met, your sacrifice is greatly appreciated and we thank you
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May, this year that puts it on Monday, May 28th, 2012.
Previously known as “Decoration Day”, the holiday originated after the Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers. Eventually the holiday was changed to “Memorial Day” and extended to honor all Americans who have died in any wars. Many people visit cemeteries and other memorial sites, particularly to honor those who have died in military service.
Memorial Day is an excellent day not only to remember those who have died defending our freedom and liberties, but also to extend a hand to our Armed Forces currently serving and literally laying their lives on the line to protect you and your loved ones.
This year, instead of using the “long weekend” to spend extra time shopping, lighting off fireworks, or other “loud” events. Might we humbly offer the following suggestions:
- Personally thank a Veteran or an active-duty member of the Armed Forces for their service
- Fly the Flag (if you don’t have one, get one)
- Teach your children about the true meaning of Memorial Day
- Teach your children about the meaning of and how to show proper respect to the Flag
- Find an opportunity to pledge allegiance to the Flag