Memorial Day is one of the least understood holidays on the permanent calendar of the U.S. The holiday was founded to honor our fallen war dead. If you look at the information on Wikipedia, you can see what a complex history the day has. These days, it is notable because of the absolute lack of major ceremonies honoring the true reason for the holiday. There was one held yesterday morning at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, sponsored by the Thankful Hubbard Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Patrick Henry Chapter, Texas Sons of the Revolution.
We searched hard in the newspapers and online before we found this moving and patriotic Memorial Day event. Kathy’s dad was a military chaplain, who served in World War II and beyond. Buried in an honored position on Chaplain’s Hill at Arlington, we strive to honor his memory. Any event that includes the National Anthem, prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, The American Creed and speeches praising everyone that made the ultimate sacrifice for our country is fairly unique these days.
The National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance are tenets of our Country’s greatness. They are also ready targets for outrage these days. This is not a perfect country. Mistakes and injustices do occur. When and where we express our outrage is something to consider. I was happy that, in this sacred cemetery yesterday, a group of us was able to say thank you to those who died defending our country without discord.