Memorial Day 2011

 A day to thank our veterans and their families, who have given so much to protect our many freedoms

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a fact-filled site with a treasure trove of historic information regarding the observance of Memorial Day.

We invite you to listen to this haunting rendition of “Taps” played by the U.S. Marine Band.

The following event takes place yearly at the Los Angeles National Cemetery, where over 80,000 Veterans — including 10,000 from the Civil War — are buried.

Several thousand Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Scout leaders and parent volunteers assemble for the annual Memorial Day Weekend placement of flags at the grave of every veteran. Each scout reads the name of the veteran aloud, places an American flag in the ground, observes a brief moment of silence….and salutes each fallen patriot.  Within a hour, the entire cemetery is decorated with thousands of American flags. Most importantly, the lesson of gratitude these young scouts learn will stay with them throughout their lives.

Freedom isn’t free.

4 Responses to Memorial Day 2011

  1. American Dad says:

    Great story about the Los Angeles scouts and their leaders teaching them the lessons of history, freedom and the concept of gratitude. They probably aren’t getting these messages in the public schools.

    • Sam Aritan says:

      Unfortunately, far too many kids aren’t getting these messages at home either. Thank God for Scouting!

  2. USCitizen says:

    A humble salute to all those who have served this country. My prayers for God’s protection of those who remain on guard of our nation.
    God’s blessings for all of them. May those who died serving this country rest in God’s loving hands.

  3. Mohave Mike says:

    We’ve all see this, but it’s well worth looking at again:

    It’s the VETERAN, not the preacher,
    who has given us freedom of religion.

    It’s the VETERAN, not the reporter,
    who has given us freedom of the press.

    It’s the VETERAN, not the poet,
    who has given us freedom of speech.

    It’s the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
    who has given us freedom to assemble.

    It’s the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
    who has given us the right to a fair trial.

    It’s the VETERAN, not the politician,
    Who has given us the right to vote.

    And, it is the VETERAN who salutes the Flag.
    It is the VETERAN who serves under the Flag,