Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, a day to honor those who gave their lives for our country.  More often than not it is a day off from work and an excuse for a barbecue.  Proper flag etiquette states that on Memorial Day the flag shall be quickly raised the full length of the pole for a brief moment before being slowly lowered to half staff, where it shall remain until noon before being raised to the top again, where it shall fly for the remainder of the day.  At 3:00 pm local time, please stop for one minute of silence to pay your respects to those who have given their lives.

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
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2 responses to “Memorial Day

  1. Elizabeth

    a good reminder. and a lovely photo.

  2. Thank you, Elizabeth.