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Remembering Memorial Day
(May 30, 2005)

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Here is a simple question to my fellow Americans... Do you give any thought about the purpose of Memorial Day . . . on this day?

I suspect it might have slipped by many of you for well-intended reasons.  Still, there is really no excuse for any American to give pause for a short time to remember the why for Memorial Day, regardless of where one might be and is doing.  Displaying Old Glory is a very good way to show it too . . . even if you are on vacation.

How can any of us willingly ignore the brave women and men who paid the ultimate price serving our country proudly in the armed forces and helping to sustain what the USA is all about?  And it is

 

David Bancroft, Founder of USA Patriotism!
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our responsibility to make sure that our children and grandchildren know about the “real” importance of Memorial Day.
Marine Corporal Jason L. Dunham - Medal of Honor Recipient (Died April 22, 2004 from wounds received in Iraq)
Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham - Medal of Honor Recipient
Died April 22, 2004 from wounds received in Iraq
 Just think about these fallen heroes from an age perspective with the vast majority being oh so young.  Many never saw 19, 20, or 21 with most others never seeing 25 or 30. (My mother lost her twin brother in Normandy during World War II when they were only 19 years old.)

So, when you hear about a fallen like 22 year old Marine Corporal Jason Dunham (pictured here), who has been nominated for the Medal of Honor...  it should be a somber reminder about all those he has joined in one of our country's most sacred clubs.

Then think about the loved ones left behind, who prayed and worried endlessly for their special one in harm's way.  I still think about the period when my youngest son was serving with the Marines in Iraq during 2003 . . . My biggest fear was him becoming a fallen hero.  Yes, a father's tremendous pride for him serving would remain, but my anguish over his loss would always be.

That is why remembering the fallen heroes on Memorial Day and honoring our veterans on Veterans' Day will never diminish for this American.  Nor is it a question of whether one has served, but respecting and appreciating all those who have. Blood and lives were shed for our country's independence and has been necessary to do so

in sustaining our freedom and way of life.

Furthermore, it is never too late to remember and honor our fallen heroes!

David G. Bancroft
Founder / Owner
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Copyright 2005
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