Things You Should Do on Memorial Day Weekend

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Suggestions of things to do during Memorial Day weekend to honor those who gave us hope, strength and love by putting themselves in harms way for our country and paid for it with their lives.

The late Associate Justice Hugo Black said years ago: “Here’s hope, strength and love to those who give hope, strength and love.”

This Memorial Day Weekend, honor those who gave us hope, strength and love by putting themselves in harms way for our country and paid for it with their lives. As civilians we meet only the lucky survivors of combat. They should be made to feel the great love and homage we feel for them and for their comrades who lost their lives for us.

As author Dudley C Gould says in his essay, Good Night Love (ISBN: 0-913337-56-0), “Heroes have always been called upon to die for those who are not heroes and for eons young soldiers fell, as they do, serving uncompromising, legal old men, dying from blows of clubs, from spear thrusts and flying arrows and, as industry merged with science, musket balls, shrapnel, aerial bombs, poison gas, potential nuclear missiles and even more deadly technologies.

“Few Americans know, especially don’t want to know that their dearly-paid-for soldiers’ blood fertilizes wildernesses the world over…. There are more battle sites around the globe than peaceful cities today, many grown from campfires of brave young soldiers whose air-thickened blood mortared the foundations of our civilization.”

These suggestions of things to do on Memorial Day Weekend are provided by Southfarm Press (http://www.war-books.com), publisher of Good Night Love. They are not in any order.

1. Go to your local Memorial Day parade with your children. Cheer and clap for the veterans in the parade.

2. Go to a Veterans’ Cemetery with your children. Explain to them the sacrifices made by the men and women buried there. Place flowers in front of headstones.

3. Hang the flag on your house or in front of your house on Memorial Day.

4. Go to a Veterans’ home to visit residents. Thank them for their service to our country.

5. Go to church and offer a prayer for those we have lost in war.

6. If you know of a family that has recently lost someone in Iraq or Afghanistan, place a flower on their doorstep.

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William Emrich