Remember to proudly display your american flag today!
On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
For this post, I asked my mother, now 89, who could recall no losses to family or friends during WWII as well as my brother, who had several friends that served and were wounded but none killed during the Vietnam War. As far as I know, my family hasn't experienced any personal losses, yet I am deeply grateful for those who HAVE died in service and honor each and every one of them and their families on this Memorial Day 2012.
Fort Logan National Cemetery gravesites during a previous Memorial Day Weekend
The Memorial Day Museum
Virtual Wall of Remembrance
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