Md. official says 'Every day should be Memorial Day'

The annual tradition, known as "flags-in", has been taking place at the cemetery since the 1940's. Even if you do not have family members who died in service, Memorial Day is a good time to reflect and pay your respects.

The Old Guard also maintains the 24-hour vigil at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Memorial Day is traditionally a day to honor fallen members of the military. "Gave us the right do what we do".

"These are the 1,243,939 reasons why we observe Memorial Day", Nick Hill, Veterans Representative for the Office of Workforce Development and chaplain of the Marine Corps., told the crowd gathered at Fountain Grove Cemetery Monday.

"There was a point in time when everything was taught and people knew why we did the things that we do, but, over the years, that's disappeared", he said.

Steve Daines represents Montana in the U.S. Senate. "Memorial Day is not a shopping holiday, but, sadly, that's what it's become".

That is why we should marvel at the heroissm of the masses of young men who signed up in droves at the beginning of America's major wars.

In its early and mid years, Memorial Day featured parades involving veterans and veterans organizations, citizens visiting memorials and cemeteries, and ceremonies held to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. "They left these shores they went to those shores just like the ones that are doing today to fight the good fight there so that it doesn't come to our home", Whitehead said during his speech.

"Everyone is more in tune with veterans, more so than when I was in the service", he said.

It is that sentiment, that soldiers of all ages would like to see remain at the forefront of the holiday that was created to honor our nation's true heroes. Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, asked Congress to change it back, to no avail.

Invited to speak to high school students in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she said she told them, "What is the true meaning of Memorial Day?" It's not about the picnics.

"We are here today to remember the sacrifice of those who sacrifice all for our freedom", Bloomquist said.

  • Leroy Wright