World War II Memorial and Vietnam Memorial, Washington, D.C.,
cc credits: flickr Jeff Kubina
It would be a great wrong for me to allow today to pass without pausing to thank the families (current and past) who have lost loved ones in the defense of our country.
I seem to have been hit harder and become much more sensitized to the commercialism that today (and this weekend) has been draped with this year for some reason.
To help, I have spent some time over the weekend at the following places on the web using the time I have been granted off from work to consider and reflect what this day means for myself, my family, and my communities.
- Memorial Day - Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs - VA.gov
- 2012 USAA Memorial Day Ceremony - Sponsored by USAA (disclaimer, I am a USAA policy holder due to my father’s service)
- National Memorial Day Concert - PBS
- Memorial Day 2012: A Compendium - U.S. Naval Institute blog post
- Memorial Day: Take pause… the fallen deserve at least that - U.S. Naval Institute blog post
- Memorial Day, 2009 - The Big Picture - Boston Globe
Thank you for your sacrifices, they are not -- and will not be -- forgotten in our home.