1. Don’t wish a Veteran a Happy Memorial day. There is nothing happy about the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. But always be happy to enjoy the freedoms they provided you.
2. It’s not really a holiday. It is a holy day. It’s a remembrance of those who died in combat or in service.
3. When you BBQ, grill or cookout make sure you remember why we have this long weekend. Tell your kids and grandkids why it’s important.
4. Remember its not just about the “heroes” of movie and book fame, it’s also about that private who landed at Normandy, Baghdad, Vietnam, Korea or countless other battlefields large and small and died 2 minutes into his first combat action.
5. If you want to know the true meaning, visit Arlington or your local VA cemetery. Learn the story of why there are coins on the graves.
6. Patriotism is a great thing, show a flag in remembrance, but make sure its a flag of the US not some political movement (BLM, Blue stripe, Rebel flag etc).
7. This weekend is not about you or me. Talk about Chesty Puller, George Patton, John Basilone, Dakota Meyer, Kyle Carpenter, Ira Hayes, Chris Kyle and any other heroes too numerous to name.
8. Keep remembrances, and the real burden for warriors who now stand their post in front of God and history.
9. Say a prayer… and then another.
10. Remember the fallen for all the good they did while they were here.
11. Reach out and let a Vet know you are there, and you care. We are losing too many in “peace time”.
“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.” — Melody Beattie
Today in History July 4
|1712||12 slaves are executed for starting an uprising in New York that killed nine whites.|
|1776||The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, is approved and signed by John Hancock–President of the Continental Congress–and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary. The state of New York abstains from signing.|
|1817||Construction begins on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River.|
|1826||Two of America’s founding fathers–Thomas Jefferson and John Adams–die.|
|1831||The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, dies at the age of 73.|
|1845||Henry David Thoreau begins his 26-month stay at Walden Pond.|
|1855||Walt Whitman publishes the first edition of Leaves of Grass at his own expense.|
|1861||Union and Confederate forces skirmish at Harpers Ferry.|
|1862||Charles Dodgson first tells the story of Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole during a picnic along the Thames.|
|1863||The Confederate town of Vicksburg, Mississippi, surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant.|
|1881||Billy the Kid is shot dead in New Mexico.|
|1894||After seizing power, Judge Stanford B. Dole declares Hawaii a republic.|
|1895||The poem America the Beautiful is first published.|
|1901||William H. Taft becomes the American governor of the Philippines.|
|1910||Race riots break out all over the United States after African American Jack Johnson knocks out Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.|
|1931||Novelist James Joyce and Nora Barnacle are married in London after being together for 26 years.|
|1934||Boxer Joe Louis wins his first professional fight.|
|1946||The United States grants the Philippine Islands their independence.|
|1960||The 50-star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia.|
|1976||An Israeli raid at Entebbe airport in Uganda rescues 105 hostages.|
|Taken from http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history|