Memorial Day respect, Patriotism 101 and archived posts

Posted By on May 28, 2012

HalfMastFlagI would be remise not to mention Memorial Day and our nation’s honoring and remembering those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It is a day that many of our citizens tend to blend with honoring all veterans … not a bad thing … but in some respect causes confusion over the purpose for the day.

… the day set aside to honor of those who have
died while serving in defense of our country …

Of course in even broaching the nuance of the federal holiday can get you the evil eye from fellow citizens … almost as much as the one I get when I raise the stars and stripes back to full staff Memorial Day afternoon. (maybe it would be better just keeping it at half-staff to avoid looking disrespectful?) 

On Memorial day the flag is flown at half-Staff until noon, then raised to full staff until sundown.

This is also as good a place as any to comment on “not flying the flag at half-staff” on Veteran’s Day … another day of flag flying protocol confusion.

Veteran’s Day (formerly Armistice Day), November 11th: This is a day to honor our nations Veterans. It is not a day of mourning, but a day of celebration and honor; the flag remains at full staff.

Several years into my daily blogging, it is interesting to look back at past Memorial Day posts …

  • 2011 – Remembering an honor trip to Washington DC with my dad
  • 2010 – Veteran’s cemeteries
  • 2009 – Decoration day and memories
  • 2008 – CBS Sunday Morning video tribute
  • 2007 – Retiring old flag and end of school birthday bash video
  • 2006 – Established .. The 30th of May 1868
  • 2005 – No post … shame on me … but here is one about military service near that date. It is interesting to see what I was thinking and reading.


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