Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2009
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
The following is part of an article written in our post newspaper... I couldn't have said it better:
"Memorial Day is first and foremost about honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals we cherish. In our remembrance we are given an opportunity to reconnect to our national military history, and to renew our own commitment to the values and virtues of America.These heroes whose common bond was uncommon sacrifice must not be forgotten. There is no uncertainty about the purpose or the meaning of the lives memorialized at grave sites around the country. This is where we remember the true reason for Memorial Day.
Our Soldier's Creed says "I will never leave a fallen comrade." We all know this means more than never leaving a fellow Soldier on the battlefield. This statement also charges us with a commitment to remember and honor our fallen comrades. We must share the story of their service and honor the sacrifice that they and their families have made for our nation."
Wreathes were laid at the grave of Brigadier General Henry Leavenworth. This National Cemetery is one of the 14 original National Cemeteries and at one time was the largest.After the ceremonies concluded we headed over to the section where the band played. Lydia and Cal enjoyed being up close. Some kids were even able to help the drum section!
The 21 gun salute and the raising of the flag at noon. By the way... the flag is lowered in the morning and then at the noon hour is raised again. If it is past the noon hour where you are, be sure to raise your flag again!

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