Posted By RichC on May 28, 2012
I 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.