Make this Veterans Day Memorable
By: Sharon Hughes
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Every time Veterans Day and Memorial Day come around, I recall the many times I've attended
parades and special observances put on by the cities in our area and veterans organizations. Several of those times my husband, Duane, participated
in parades and events as a candidate
for U.S. Congress. As a decorated Vietnam Vet he always received a warm
welcome, well, except for a couple of the
very left-coast towns.
When our sons were growing up, we would get out the
picture albums of Duane's time in the Army, talk about why we observed these holidays in
America, and after dinner, which was usually a barbecue, we'd sit down and
watch a movie or documentary about
one of the wars our Armed Forces have fought in.
think that what we did was
indoctrinate our sons in a pro-war mindset. But, actually we were educating them
in the realities of war. We wanted to instill in them an appreciation for those
who laid their lives on the line to protect the rest of us, and the freedoms we
enjoy. We also wanted to make sure they had no romantic ideas about war, as young
boys can have. If the time ever came for them to go to war, it would be
with their eyes wide open and the cost counted.
There is no glamor in
war. War is hell on earth. But, even the
Bible states that there is a time for
peace and a time for war. This is, unfortunately, part of life on planet earth.
While we debate, and work and pray for
peace, wars still rage.
While I understand the reasons some choose a passivist position, passivity never brings
peace. It often allows the rule of aggressive, totalitarian
governments and leaders.
So, until the earth's weapons are turned into
plowshares, let us honor the brave men and women who have served and died on
behalf of our country, on behalf of
I mean really honor them, not just in sentiment, but with action.
Let's also take the time not only to educate our children and
grandchildren about the realities of war and
peace, but to foster a genuine appreciation for freedom, and for those who fight to preserve it.
Here are a few ideas you may want to use to make this Memorial Day a
This Veterans Day
make sure you remember, and encourage others to remember, why we have this day
- Visit memorials.
- Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.
- Fly the 'POW/MIA Flag.
- Participate in a "National Moment of
Remembrance" at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day and the sacrifices paid.
- Visit veterans in the hospital.
- Donate to aid disabled veterans.
- Renew a
pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen soldiers.
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