Memorial Day

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What is the first thing that goes though your mind when you hear the words Memorial Day? What does it mean to you? What symbolization does it hold in you? Ladies and gentlemen, sadly enough, the true meaning of Memorial Day has been seemingly lost by the majority of Americans today. Many confuse this day for Veterans Day or even Armed Forces Day. Although it is highly appropriate to honor all our veterans, living and dead, and to recognize their immeasurable contributions to our country, this is not the true meaning of Memorial Day. When I asked you what the day means to you…what is symbolized to you, what went through you mind? Did you simply think of it as another federal holiday? A 3-day weekend? The beginning of the 100 days of Summer…a BBQ? Or did you think of a mother running a finger over her son's name on the Vietnam Wall…or possibly the brave marines raising the flag on top of the mountain in Iwo Jima…..or did you simply think of all the sacrifices that have been made by the brave men and women that allow us to enjoy the freedoms and liberties we enjoy today. For those of you who did indeed think of the men and women who paid the ultimate price by giving their life for a cause greater than their own, then I will tell you that you are spot on. For those of you whose initial thought was not that of the sacrifices made, well, sit back and let me remind you why we should embrace this day….to hold this day dear to our hearts. When you leave here today I will hope that you will take with you a new and renewed sense of patriotism for this day. I will ask you to teach our children and reeducate all Americans on its true meaning. I will ask that each of you ENSURE THAT PROPER RESPECT is given to those who have given all they could possibly give in their service to this incredible country. It is through their sacrifice……that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. CAN ANYONE TELL ME why is it that many Americans are so blind and deaf to the sights...
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