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Monday, January 21, 2008

National Moment of Remembrance

Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:
I just now learned of our National Moment of Remembrance.
It occurs at 1500 Hours on Memorial Day.
What a wonderful idea!
Ah, but I just remembered something.
Maybe this ain't such a good idea, after all.
WHEN, exactly, is Memorial Day?
For me, Memorial Day will always be the traditional date, 30 May.
But, what date is our government observing?
Do they expect me to go along with it?
Not hardly!
Why does our government have to go and ruin things like that?
It's bad enough that the damn Yankees plagiarized the custom of Decoration Day originally instituted by the poor grieving widows, mothers, and daughters of the Confederate States of America!
Anyway, maybe you all might want to participate in this effort.
I registered at the web site, downloaded the counter, and embedded it into my blog.
At that same web site, I also downloaded a poster, an official announcement, and an audio file of a bugler sounding "Taps", complete with drum roll.
One of the things they do is to present gold medals to the children of soldiers killed in action.
You should see the photographs of the poor little ones with their medals.
They are touchingly heart-wrenching.
Sure, they like the medals (I think), but they'd rather have their daddy.
One of the links on that web site is an effort to restore Memorial Day to its traditional date.
So, I reckon I ain't the only one who's upset about it.
Will our National Moment of Remembrance be on Memorial Day, or will it be some other day?
They say if you have a bell, you should ring it to observe that moment.
Do you reckon we ought to get started writing, calling, and visiting our Senators and Representatives to urge them to restore the traditional date of Memorial Day, so we can all be united this year in observing our National Moment of Remembrance?
Thank you.

Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

NOTE: "My unpopular and controversial personal opinions are independent of my Scottish clan."

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