Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Monday

Happy Memorial Day? That doesn't really sound right when you think about it, does it?
Since most people talk about the beach, huge sales, and BBQs, often the real purpose of today becomes a second or 5th thought.

Pause - If you can't make it to a memorial or a cemetery because you're at work, at a BBQ, or laying on the beach, you can still observe the day. In 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance was passed asking all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps" at 3pm local time. 

Learn - Why do veterans wear red poppies? The gist - in response to Flander's Field, Moina Michael's penned her won poem which also included the mention of poppies. She hoped to use it as a symbol for remembrance, but then had the better idea of using the production and sale of silk poppies to help disabled veterans. Almost 90 years later, silk poppies are still made by disabled and needy veterans.

"...We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies..."

Picture via Mashable; other info from US Memorial Day.

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