Monday, May 28, 2012

Day 149: Placed American Flags on the Graves of Veterans

Today is a day known as the start of summer.  Barbecues, pool openings, and a day off of work.  While I appreciate the day off and parties as much as the next person, I feel like the focus of the holiday has gotten away from its' true meaning.  Memorial Day exists as a day to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces, both fallen and surviving.  I took the time today to call or at least text those that I know who have served in the military such as Staff Sgt. John La Giglia and my good friend, Marine Sgt. Lee Best.  After taking the time to thank them, I started thinking about how I would be able to honor or thank soldiers that lost their lives on the field of battle.  While out running errands this morning with my wife, we passed a cemetery, and I started thinking about all of the soldiers who were buried in there that hadn't been honored.  So today, for my random act of kindness, my family drove to Home Depot and bought American flags to place on the graves of as many soldiers as we could find that hadn't already received one.  We were able to honor soldiers of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  If you know someone in the Armed Forces, or see a member of the military walking around today, be sure to thank them, shake their hand, buy them a beer or something to let them know the importance of their job.

4 comments:

  1. SUCH a great idea and tribute!!

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  2. Bless you for doing that.. and it seemed rather spur of the moment too.. but you still did it.. that's amazing! Happy Memorial Day to you and yours and I agree with Nanette. A great idea and such a lovely tribute to all our men and women who have served and are still serving and to all our fallen hero's as well. God bless them all.

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  3. That was such a great thing to do to remember the fallen soldiers. I agree that people have forgotten what this day was meant for. I wish everyone would stop & thank a soldier no matter what day it is. They do so much for all of us. Thanks for putting the flags up!

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  4. This is such a humble and genuine gesture! A sacrifice that we all too often forget when it is happening in places far away. I may be in the Uk but all those soldiers who have fallen did so to protect us still here.

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