Thursday, May 24, 2012
As the month of May draws to a close, we look forward to a three day holiday weekend. Memorial Day was created as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Parades are organized in many small towns and flags are posted in nearly every cemetery across the country. All 260,000+ gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery are marked with a small American flag to honor the veteran buried below. It is a truly patriotic and remarkable holiday.
The American public observes the Memorial Day holiday in a wide variety of ways. The three-day weekend is widely known as the official start of summer, marked by the opening of campgrounds and outdoor entertainment activities. Grilling and picnicking is a common occurrence over the course of the three days. It is a time that is characterized more by celebration than by thought and reflection. Some may consider that to be a backwards philosophy, but it is important to celebrate the freedom and independence that we enjoy as a result of the service of our military servicemen and women.
A great way to observe the Memorial Day holiday is to make a trip to a memorial that is dedicated to honoring those that have died for our country. One such location is The Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, better known as “The Wall”, located in the National Mall of Washington, D.C. Visitors to this hallowed site have the opportunity to do a rubbing of a name on the wall, or leave trinkets or flags to honor those whose names are etched into the stone memorial. The pictured artwork, entitled “American Flag at Vietnam Veterans Memorial”, is a museum quality fine-art print that depicts the true meaning of Memorial Day. You can display this print in your house as a symbol of your patriotism and appreciation for the low price of $9.99 (unframed). Our nation’s heroes should be appreciated every day, not just once a year.