Moment of Remembrance
On May 2, in the year of our Lord 2000, our President William Jefferson Clinton signed a resolution passed by our senators and representatives.
“In this time of unprecedented success and prosperity throughout our
land, I ask that all Americans come together to recognize how fortunate
we are to live in freedom and to observe a universal “National Moment
of Remembrance” on each Memorial Day. This memorial observance
represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and
honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.”
Unfortunately, we are not enjoying “unprecedented success and prosperity” in our land. We all know the problems of our neighbors, relatives, and our families face as obstacles to our future prosperity. Regardless, we understand that the price paid by those in service to protect our country demand honor and respect. We cannot ignore, forget, or insult the sacrifice made and the price paid by previous generations and the current millennial generation.
Please take the time to celebrate the strength of our citizens to endure, persevere, and sacrifice for the future of our country and all our citizens. The resolution asks that all across the USA at 3:00 P.M. local time each citizen stop their activities to reflect, remember, and think of all those who gave of themselves in our armed services.
So before the Memorial Day weekend, buy a VFW poppy, or stop for a few beers at the local Legion Hall, or donate a few bucks to the USO. None of us can adequately repay for all the sacrifices made on our behalf. Any small measure is worth more than all the speeches by politicians over the holiday.
I am grateful that my father came back from WWII, and my older brother came back from Viet Nam, and my oldest son came back from Iraq. Don’t forget to keep pestering your representative in congress on getting VA services to those in need. After the spot light is off, that is when we need to keep pushing. We have services delayed and denied in the application process that is like Chinese water torture and a back log of over 500,000 veterans waiting just to be eligible for benefits.