Originally posted on Memorial Day 2008... still rings true!
This week's Must Have Monday... are the incredible men and women serving in our military.
I remember when I was a kid, I wanted to be a Navy pilot. I don't remember how long I held that ambition, or if it only coincided with seeing "Top Gun". At some point, I remember that it was dashed when I was told that they didn't allow women to be combat fighter pilots (this ban was lifted by Congress in the mid-1990s).
Regardless of our personal opinions on the war, I believe it still to be of utmost importance that we support our troops... especially those in harm's way.
Today I want to honor those that have served, those that are serving, and those who have fallen in service to our great country.
Memorial Day has been observed in some form or another in this country for over 140 years. Up until 1971, Memorial Day was traditionally on May 30, but was changed to coincide with the last Monday in May - so as to make it a more convenient three-day weekend. Did you know that for 50 years now, on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the 260,000+ gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery? Throughout the weekend, they patrol the cemetery 24 hours a day to ensure that each flag remains standing.
Thank you for your sacrifices. We wouldn't be where we are today without your efforts.