Thursday, May 21, 2009

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May.

Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service.

Let me take this opportunity to say how grateful I am to the men and women who gave their lives protecting the freedoms of Americans as well as citizens of other countries...who went where country and duty sent them...many of whom died on foreign soil.

My heart goes out to the families who have lost a loved one and to them I also say "thank you" for the sacrifices they made.

I hope that this Memorial Day we will all take time to reflect on the true meaning of this holiday...that we honor the ultimate sacrifices given and remember what has made and kept our country great.


Becca's Dirt said...

I too am grateful for the service men and women who are on foreign soil. Nice Memorial Day post. Becca

OldBagNewTricks said...

The loveliest of lovely blog posts. We have much for which to be grateful. And thank you for the rmeinder.

Happy Memorial Day,

Theresa said...

Well said Francie!
I love your Cinco de Mayo story, too. I was raised in Ridgecrest which is attached to the Naval Weapons Center at China Lake. We were always getting sailors from San Diego, and that is where a lot of them shipped out from also. A big ol' salute to your husband, and I hope the Blue Angels are flying overhead for you and yours.
May they ever protect us!
God Bless America!
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Debbie said...

Hi Francie...thanks for stopping by my blog. :) Your blog post about Memorial Day is really nice, and this is a time in our country when everyone should stop and take notice and spend a few minutes really thinking about what being in the United States Armed Forces really means. I am proud to say that I live in a country where we have citizens who are willing to join our armed forces so that we can all live in "the land of the free".


Susan said...

I did a little history on my site also...and featured the WWII Memorial also...

wreathartist said...

Beautiful and thank you too for those that serve here and abroad.