Monday, May 28, 2012

MEMORIAL DAY

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

Here we are at another Memorial Day. If you would like to learn more about the history of this "holiday," then please click here.

I really hate to see signs that say

This is not Valentine's Day, nor is it Christmas. Memorial Day is not a day of celebration. It is a day of remembrance, a day to observe with gratitude the sacrifices made by members of our military.  I am observing this day in two ways.

First, I made donations to the USO and to an organization that helps provide medical care to returning veterans. I can't save those who are already gone, but I can try to help those who serve us now.

Second, it's a day to think about my dad -- to think about how much I appreciated being raised by such a good father. He was a veteran, and he died on Memorial Day.

If you would like to watch a movie today, I recommend War Horse -- it is a beautiful story and the film is beautifully made. I was very impressed by it. And for those of you who are tired of sad movies, it has a happy ending.


If you are fortunate enough to be in the Washington, D.C. area, a visit to Arlington National Cemetery is in order, along with a trip to the mall to see the monuments. I never cease to be moved by The Wall.

I do hope you will teach your children the meaning of Memorial Day. I would appreciate it very much.

Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


16 comments:

  1. God bless our military, both here & gone!

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  2. I saw War Horse and I really liked it, It's a very good movie.

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    1. I thought it would be so sad that I wouldn't like it, but that wasn't the case.

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  3. you have a point there on the memorial day sale. it shouldn't be just another commercial day.
    have a good day, Janie.

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  4. Thanks, Janie. My last two post are about some personal heroes from WWII and Nam. It is a somber day for me...though I am taking the grand-kids swimming. They were at the memorial yesterday.

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    1. It's so good that you involve your grandchildren in memorial observations.

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  5. I don't like sad movies, but I do like happy endings :)

    lovely post :)

    -B-

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    1. Thank you! I like happy endings, too.

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  6. Memorial Day Sales frustrate me.... what they should be doing is donating part of each sale to the families of the fallen.

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  7. A thoughtful post Lola. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. You're welcome, Boomer. Thank you for the compliment.

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  8. Beautifully written post! It says it all.

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    1. Thanks, Barb. Is it still raining in Daytona? I am rather tired of this tropical storm.

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