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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Wave the Flag

Today it dawned on me that we Americans are a patriotic lot. In fact, we dedicate three holidays to showing our patriotism. Very soon we will be celebrating the first of those occasions, Memorial Day.
Originally Memorial Day was established to honor those Union soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. After World War I it was expanded to honor all service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
Our second opportunity to wave the flag comes in July. Independence Day is more than a Martina McBride song or a Will Smith movie. It celebrates the signing of the Declaration Of Independence. It marks the occasion of the birth of this great nation.
November brings fall, football and Veterans Day. Originally celebrated on November 11, and called Armistice Day. It celebrated the signing of the peace accord that ended World War I. Peace came on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. The day is now celebrated on the first Monday in November closest to November 11. We now honor all of the veterans who have served in the military. Since we honored our fallen heroes in May, it only seems proper to honor the living who have served in November. As you have the opportunity this year, visit the grave site of your friend or loved one who served. Call or write your friend or family member who fought in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam, The Gulf, or Iraq. Thank them for their service. Both of you will feel better, I promise.

Amendment:
As one of my commenters has pointed out, there is also Flag Day. On June 14 we honor the adoption of the Flag. I just don't remember getting this day off from work. But, I don't work for the Post office and they seem to get more holidays than anyone.

9 comments:

Joyce said...

Pssstttt.... June 14th is Flag Day.

Rhonda said...

I've got my flags a flyin!!!

mommanator said...

I am just proud to be an American-I have been so blessed by all the soldiers! of this country!

Joyce said...

I didn't mean to say it was a day off work!! You're talking about flag waving, and Flag Day is the flag wavin'ist day of them all. It's a whole day dedicated just to ol' glory herself!!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I thank our fine men and women fighting for our freedom every single day.

Have a great day. :)

Bond said...

Driller...umm did you mean Will Smith and not Bruce Willis?

I have the flag that adorned my Grandfather's coffin and it goes in the window (I no longer have a flagpole) on each of those four days.

the teach said...

what Sandee said, Driller! :salute: :D

Travis said...

I fly my Flag daily!

Roger said...

My family gets together and we go all threw the State decorating graves.