Memorial Day 2015

It’s Memorial Day – but please don’t put a “Happy” in front of it like the clueless, tactless @TheDemocrats. Memorial Day is a somber day – a day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our freedom.

For many vets, remembering those sacrifices, stings.

Marine Corps vet Jenny Haskamp wrote in the Chicago Trib about her mixed feelings this Memorial Day weekend.

I didn’t know why I was upset, at first. I paused, and while I was sitting there contemplating my outburst, I heard a commercial on the radio screaming through the tinny speakers.

“Beaches, beats and BBQs!” it said. “We’re your Memorial Day station with everything you need to kick off the summer in style!”

That’s when it hit me. I’m angry. I’ve come to realize people think Memorial Day is the official start of summer. It’s grilled meat, super-duper discounts, a day (or two) off work, beer, potato salad and porches draped in bunting.

But it shouldn’t be. It’s more than that.

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A friend reminded me that plenty of people use the weekend the way it was designed: to pause and remember the men and women who paid the price of our freedom, and then go on about enjoying those freedoms.

But I argue not enough people use it that way. Not enough people pause. Not enough people remember.

Pause to remember this Memorial Day.

Via my Aunt Margie, the true story of the recovery of 19 US Marines Killed in Action on Makin Island in WWII and their return home to Arlington National Cemetery 58 years later.

Warning: This is a bit of a tear-jerker.

The Old Guard places over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery:

Soldier’s from the US Army’s Old Guard placed over 228,000 flags at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen soldiers.

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Your Sunday Hymn: Data est mihi omnis potestas

This glorious hymn is by the Scottish contemporary composer James MacMillan: Data est mihi omnis potestas (2007)  (It has been given to me.)

Performed beautifully by the Majorstua Chamber Choir at the Fredrikstad Cathedral in Oslo, Norway.