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Over the past century, more than 35 million men and women answered the call to arms in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and countless unnamed military engagements. More than half a million of them never came home. Some died in battle, others in captivity; all died too soon.

Recent military action in Afghanistan and Iraq has offered fresh reminders of the human reality of war: ordinary men and women leaving homes and families and all they know to risk their lives for an ideal of honor, or duty, or just to protect the soldier next to them.
People of patriotism and goodwill may debate the merits of any given war, police action, or humanitarian mission. But there should be no debate about our debt to the hundreds of thousands of our citizens who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives heeding the nation's call to service.

Memorial Day is more than the start of summer. It is a chance to pause and remember the sacrifices -- remember the gallantry and bravery -- remember the fallen.
 

How To Observe 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 vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or the coming generations, that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided Republic. If other eyes grow dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remains to us.”
---General John Logan, General Order No. 11, May 5, 1868
The “Memorial” in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and liberty. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember those Americans including our ancestors, family members, loved ones neighbors and friends who have paid the price for the blessings of liberty. You can change this by doing the following:
- By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
- By flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of "National Mourning." Claim your free flags right now by visiting AmericanFlags.com
- By attending religious services of your choice.
- By visiting memorials.
- By participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 PM local time, to pause and think upon the meaning of the day and for taps to be played where possible.
- By renewing a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

AmericanFlags.com Reminds Americans to Fly Their American Flags at Half-Staff on Memorial Day

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- AmericanFlags.com urges all Americans to fly an American flag at half-staff on Monday, May 26, 2008 in honor of Memorial Day. According to U.S. Flag Code, the United States flag should be hoisted to the top of a flagpole for an instant and then lowered to half-staff until noon, before being returned to the top of the staff for the rest of the day. Those without a vertical flagpole may affix a black mourning bow to their home flag kits instead of lowering the flag.

"The surge in patriotism we saw after 9/11 has waned and the American flags that once adorned every home, car and business seem to have disappeared," said AmericanFlags.com President/CEO Jeffrey Reynolds. He also noted the many "ripped and tattered flags" that remain on corporate flagpoles, retail outlets and car dealerships, in violation of flag etiquette guidelines. "Memorial Day is a time for us to honor and give thanks to the brave men and women of our armed forces who continue to risk their lives -- sometimes paying the ultimate price -- in order to ensure the peace and prosperity of their fellow Americans," said Reynolds. "We at AmericanFlags.com want to make sure that our veterans, our troops and their families see a fresh flag flying proudly on every home and business in America and understand the true depth of our gratitude."

AmericanFlags.com is the world's largest retailer of American flags, military flags, historic flags, state flags, world flags, sports flags and flagpoles, supplying American-made products to corporations, schools, military bases and consumers worldwide. In honor of Memorial Day, AmericanFlags.com has deeply discounted all of its American flags and residential U.S. flag sets, and is offering free shipping on every order. AmericanFlags.com is owned and operated by Precision Marketing Solutions, Inc., a privately held corporation based in New York. For more information, visit http://americanflags.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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