Memorial Day – Remember the Fallen

Memorial Day is May 28 this year, and here are some web sites that provide information on the holiday and why and how we celebrate it.

From the Library of Congress, the Veterans History Project aims to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of veterans so that they will never be forgotten.  http://www.loc.gov/vets/vets-home.html

Rolling Thunder passed by Hays yesterday, May 20, as the motorcyclists made their way on Interstate 70 towards Washington D.C.  http://www.rollingthunderrun.com/

Every year, PBS broadcasts the National Memorial Day concert. Hosted by Gary Sinese and Joe Mantegna, the show this will feature Daughtry, Natalie Cole, “American Idol” finalist Jessica Sanchez, and Trace Adkins. The concert will be broadcast on May 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 (Central Time) on your local PBS station. http://www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert/concert/

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a history of Memorial Day on its web site. http://www1.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp

This same web site also provides the history behind those “red” flowers known as poppies which became the official Memorial Day flower.  http://www1.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flower.pdf

The VFW’s Buddy Poppy program distributes the red poppies that are made by disabled and needy veterans. http://www.vfw.org/Community/Buddy-Poppy/

May you celebrate Memorial Day as a remembrance of the veterans who gave their lives while serving our country. Here are some ways you may participate:

  • Place flags or flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers at your local cemetery.
  • Fly the American flag at half-staff until noon.
  • Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 pm. Pause and think upon the meaning of Memorial Day.
  • Attend your local Memorial Day events.
  • Buy a poppy from your local VFW.
  • Visit a local memorial.

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