Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

(photo of Arlington National Cemetery courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)


From "For the Fallen"

by Laurence Binyon

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncountered:
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


Here are a few ways to remember our military servicemembers.

Pay respects to those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan at www.mapthefallen.org.

Observe a moment of silence today at 3:00 p.m. in honor of those who have died in military service.

Support the troops directly with letters and care packages through AnySoldier.com or a variety of possible projects with Soldiers'Angels.org.

One of the things I hope we learned from Vietnam is to respect and honor those who serve, even if we don't agree with the war itself.

Today is not just about white shoes and the opening of ice cream season. But one of the reasons we get to enjoy those things today is because others serve.

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