May 24, 2012

Memorial Day - For Those Who Have Given Thier Last Full Measure of Devotion

[Ed Note: This is a repost from 2009]


Memorial means "serving, or intended, to preserve the memory... to keep in remembrance". Here is an Excerpt from the Order designating May 30, 1868 as Memorial Day:

...We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten...

The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery graced by U.S. flags

Ask yourself an honest question - Is that how America views Memorial Day? Honestly, I have to say that before my son went to war and died, it wasn't for me and from what I have observed, it isn't for most of America.

There are many costs of Freedom, but on Memorial Day we should only focus on and Remember the Fallen with Honor for their sacrifice is the highest cost to maintain freedom - A Lifetime of Love

On Memorial Day, let us each strive to serve with intention to preserve the memory of the Fallen, for as has been said, a nation who forgets its Fallen will itself soon be forgotten.

Duty Honor Country,
Robert Stokely
proud dad SGT Mike Stokely
KIA 16 AUG 05 near Yusufiyah Iraq

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