Memorial Day: Give thanks to our fallen heroes

Unofficial start to summer, the opening of municipal swimming pools, school is out (or nearly so) and a three-day weekend. Memorial Day has drifted so far from its origins it is no wonder Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act to encourage us all to stop at 3 p.m. today to think about the real reason for the observance.

Parades and concerts come closer to helping us pay homage to those who have gone before — those who have paved the way for the immense freedom we enjoy.

But please folks, try today to go a step further. Add flowers to the grave of a member of the United States Armed Forces who died while serving this country. Talk to your kids about the reason for the holiday.

And at 3 p.m., even if in the midst of a rousing game of lawn darts during your backyard BBQ, stop for just a moment and say thank you.

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“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor — and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.” — Politician Michael Castle

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“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” — Politician Jeff Miller

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