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Memorial Day........ Remember

Please make the time this Memorial Day to remember why we celebrate it.  Take your family to the local parade.  Visit a local memorial and talk to your kids about why they should remember the sacrifices that our men and women in the armed forces have made over the years.  Tell them that America, even with all of our problems, is still the greatest nation on earth for a reason.  The freedom we enjoy is sought after by millions around the world……people die trying to come here.  The freedom we often take for granted, the freedom that others can only dream of, has been bought and paid for with the blood of men and women who answered the call to defend it.  We owe it to them to honor their memory and be thankful. 

And remember too that even today men and women are not sharing this Memorial Day with their friends and family at home.  They are not boating, having a BBQ or enjoying their child’s little league game.  Instead, they are the Airman manning a bunker on the perimeter of an air base in Afghanistan; or the Marine on patrol in that same country wary that every piece of garbage along the way might be an IED; or the Seaman isolated hundreds of feet under the ocean for months on end in a nuclear submarine; the Soldier in some remote spot in Yemen that we’re not even supposed to know about.

These are the people that are sacrificing the luxuries most of us take for granted every single day.  They have answered the call to serve something bigger than themselves.

To all of them, I say thank you.  

Proper Respect For Old Glory

I don't think people know it, but a lot of times they are not showing proper respect for Old Glory. Non-military folks were probably never taught this stuff.  God knows they'll never learn it in public schools (oops, did I just use the words "God" and "public schools" in the same sentence?  I'll no doubt be audited by the IRS now). Any way, I thought I'd go ahead and post a few things regarding proper respect for the flag ahead of this Memorial day weekend.

A parade should have the official flag in a color guard leading the parade. That’s the flag you should be standing up for when it’s about 6 paces away, saluting as it passes. See below for more details.