I wrote a post yesterday about time and this morning I'm trying to figure out where it's gone. It seems like it was only yesterday I was getting ready for the Memorial Day Parade in my home town of Painesville, Ohio. Being in the marching band, and our uniforms being 100% wool, all we wanted was a chilly late May day. I'm not sure any of us really understood the meaning of Memorial Day, other than it signified the start of summer!
Here's a short history lesson from Wikipedia...
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
So, on this Memorial Day in 2015, it's a time to honor those who not only died fighting for our country and democracy, but those who have served and continue to serve.
To my Dad, who's 92 and served in WWII, our trip to Washington D.C. last year with HonorFlight.org was an amazing memory-making trip that can never be topped. To our son Brian who continues to serve, my brother-in-law Randy who never takes off his Marine baseball hat and to so many friends and associates who have served in the military - thank you for your sacrifices and your love for freedom.
HonorFlight.org has a great tag line...
“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they walk by.”
Honor Flight Network has established an aggressive goal. Through the end of 2012 we transported more than 98,500 veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their memorial.. The program presently has 127 hubs in 41 states. Due to the senior age of our heroes, and the prediction that we are losing approximately 800 of them daily, we are committed to do all within our power to make their dream a reality. Our current focus will remain on World War II veterans and those veterans from any war who have a terminal illness. However, our vision goes beyond World War II."
To find out more about HonorFlight.org, and how you can volunteer or get a veteran from your family on one of the trips, just click their banner on the right.