Memorial Day Needs to be Reengergized

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Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties TX Real Est. 567774

Memorial day is right around the corner and I think it is time to try to get people interested in what this day really stands for and how important it is for all of us to take the time to recognized all of our veterans. Monday May 30, 2011 is Memorial Day this year.

I think it is important for us to discuss a little history of Memorial Day. Memorial day was originally called Decoration Day and is a day for all of us to show remembrance for all of those who have died in our nation's service. There are all kinds of rumors and stories as to who first celebrated this day. Some believe that women's group in the South started decorating graves before the Civil War was over. However, President Lyndon Johnson in May 1968 in Waterloo, New York declared that Waterloo was the birthplace of Memorial Day.

General John Logan officially proclaimed Memorial Day on May 5, 1868. He was the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The day was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Notice it was Union and Confederate soldiers.

A women named Moina Michael in 1915 got the idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day to honor all of those who died. Just before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first Veteran's group to sell the red poppies made by disabled veterans. Last year, I made a donation to a group Veterans who proceeded to give me a red poppy. I had several people question why was I wearing this poppy. I tried to explain but most were too busy wanting to talk about themselves. Most Cemeteries across our country the graves of veterans are not decorated and ignored on Memorial Day or any other day for that matter. The observance of Memorial Day across the Nation has gone nothing but down hill the last 30 years or so. Most  people have no idea about proper flag etiquette.

A bill was passed in December 2000 which is called the "National Moment of Remembrance". This bill asks Americans at 3:00 PM local time on Memorial Day to voluntarily and informally observe in their own method a Moment of remembrance and respect. Everyone should pause from whatever they are doing and have a moment of silence or listen to taps.

All of us were charged up with the great work that Navy Seals recently accomplished. We need to take that energy forward and do something this Memorial Day to honor all the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Great Nation. If you see a living Veteran thank him or her for their service.

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Alison Shuman
Appraisal IQ LLC | (512) 585-4758 - Austin, TX

Thank you very much for this very imprtant reminder.

May 14, 2011 06:57 PM #1
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

You are so right - thank you for your post.  I am going to use much of your information on a facebook post closer to the Memorial Day date.

May 14, 2011 08:11 PM #2
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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
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I always thought that Memorial Day was for all the deceased, not just veterans. What is Veterans’ Day for then? I’m confused.

May 14, 2011 10:35 PM #3
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John Juarez
Prudential California Realty - Fremont, CA
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My dad was a veteran. I plan to visit his grave on Memorial Day. Thanks, Dad, not just because you are a vet and not just because you are my dad.

May 15, 2011 12:25 AM #4
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Memorial Day was originally to honor those who have died serving their country. Personally, I think we should include those who are serving this great country right now. I believe we should thank all of them for serving whether living or passed on. If we see Veterans selling poppies or whatever take the time to say hello and thanks. Honor those who have died by whatever means is possible. Say a prayer at 3:00 PM local time on Memorial Day to honor those who have made the supreme sacrifice. Let us not forget all of these folks. Too many veterans end up being homeless people which I think is a disgrace to this Nation.

My father-in-law is a Purple Heart winner from the Korean War. He lives with us know and he still has a hard time discussing the war. My  father was in the last group that existed of the Calvary and rode horses while firing a gun to protect our borders of our country many years ago..

May 15, 2011 11:48 AM #5
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
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Thank you to everyone who has made comments. 

May 15, 2011 11:53 AM #6
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
David Weekley Homes - Katy, TX
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Bob,

                Thank you so much for your post. Your post could not be more timely as this Friday on my way to attend a David Weekley Training class, the Dean and Rog show quoted for a poll taken across the nation that most people do not know what Memorial Day is for. I agreed with Dean and Rog who stated that this is a sad state of affairs. Maybe you should forward your blog to them. I think they would be glad to share this with the public or send them a link to your blog.

Back to your post I think we as Americans forgot how much many families sacrifice so that we may have the freedoms we do. I would like to personally thank the men and women serving in the armed forces but a BIG THANK YOU to their families for sharing them with us!

Thanks again for the post and the information!

 

May 15, 2011 01:39 PM #7
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Robert (Bob) Gilbert
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Yolanda,

 

That is a great idea. I will see if I can send it to Dean & Rog... Yes I agree .. Their families should be thanked...

May 15, 2011 02:28 PM #8
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Connie Harvey
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Robert, I would love for people to understand it better too. My mother in law went to the Cemetery with her sister every Memorial Day weekend to clean the family headstones and plant flowers.

May 15, 2011 06:11 PM #9
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Howdy there Bob my friend, folks sure can always visit your blog and find and read all kinds of mighty helpful info which is for folks of all ages, which sure will help them in some way or another.

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