Memorial Day 2015

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This day is set aside to pay tribute to America’s military personnel — and their families — who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country

Following a tradition of gratitude, five thousand Los Angeles area residents —- including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops —- made their annual visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery. They were there to pay their respects to military members by placing flags on each of the graves. As each flag was affixed, the soldier whose name was read aloud received a salute.

The annual flag placement day tradition is followed each Memorial Day weekend to honor those who have lost their lives serving in the U.S. military.  The first interment dates to 1889. 

Watch this inspirational news video* to hear what the special tradition means to these young people who are fortunate to have been taught about the sacrifices others have made to ensure their many freedoms.

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

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.

Arizona’s ABC 15 lists free offers and special discounts for veterans and active military.

 * Courtesy Los Angeles ABC 7 News

4 Responses to Memorial Day 2015

  1. Conservative Since Birth says:

    SRAZ: Enjoyed all of the above.

    I offer this:

    He was getting old and paunchy
    And his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion,
    Telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies;
    They were heroes, every one.

    And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew where of he spoke.

    But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
    For ol’ Joe has passed away,
    And the world’s a little poorer
    For a Soldier died today.

    He won’t be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won’t note his passing,
    ‘Tho a Soldier died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories
    From the time that they were young
    But the passing of a Soldier
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Some jerk who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician’s stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Soldier,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,
    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Soldier
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Soldier,
    Who would fight until the end.

    He was just a common Soldier,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his likes again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Soldier’s part
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he’s here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let’s give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline
    In the paper that might say:

    “OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
    A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”

  2. Fought For My Country says:

    Many thanks for this post, SRAZ. It’s a potent reminder of the obligation we have to teach our children what others have given to ensure the security and liberty they enjoy and should never take for granted.

  3. PV PC says:

    This is a MUST SEE short video, produced by Steven Spielberg. It tells an unusual and inspiring story of a family that you will not soon forget.

  4. jon jensen says:

    This is why I support rand paul and before that ron paul.