Doc X MD Storyoid ©: Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those man and women who have died in service of the United States of America.
Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. I n 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war.
Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to “Taps.”
Doc X MD Feelingoid©: The 3 minute Doc X MD funny feelings© “Patriotism,” “The Power of Thank You” and “Follow Through” and the one hour Xpress with Doc X MD© Program – What does “Support Our Troops” really mean to you – How do you follow through? all heard on NPR shares with us how we honor and respect our men and women in past present service to our Country.
While Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 remembrance of our Veterans becomes authentic every day when we follow through in thanking and supporting our troops in all we do and say.
For most of us the grief in losing a loved one never really goes away. At any moment a smell, a color, a song, a photograph, a phrase, a calendar date can take us back to an initial chilling instant when our world changed.
Yet we also have learned that grieving and overcoming the sadness of grief includes embracing the reality that joy and hope can exist in the same period in our lives. For certain Memorial Day is foremost about remembrance of America’s sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives so we may live free.
But Memorial Day also gives us the chance to support our troops and their families with the power of thank you, our passion for patriotism, and our commitment to follow through. When we give our word to support our veterans it’s not for one day. Our word is interpreted as an expectation that will happen every day and is a benchmark of what is so. Our “follow through” in “thanking” our troops in all we do and say is a measure of our “integrity.”
Doc X MD Opinioniod ©: Every day we have the freedom to hop into our car and drive wherever our heart desires. We can ride on country roads, superhighways, over bridges and spend whatever we wish on tires.
We can sing in the shower and let the water flow and use any soap and shampoo we want without worrying someone will ever say no. Being able to eat anything anywhere we like is more a treat than even enjoying the prepared family meal.
Sharing emotions with those we love at games, celebrations, and friendly gatherings is a right where we can shout how we really feel. Going shopping from groceries to clothes is filled with decisions where we can make a personal choice.
Voting for candidates is a right and privilege that gives us as citizens of our Country an important voice. Without reservation or permission, every day we enjoy freedoms of selection and communication because of valiant sacrifices our veterans have made for us in every way. It seems humbling and just to consider remembrance of these sacrifices is an honor we can pay again forward every day in all we do and say.
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