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Memorial Day : Remembering Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives for our Freedom

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We hope all of you have a great Memorial Day!

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Memorial Day : Remembering Those Who Sacrificed Their Lives for our Freedom

This holiday usually marks the beginning of the summer season. For many it is a time to fire up the grill and cut open the watermelon. There may be parades and other special events.

But let's not forget the real reason for this day........a time for us to remember and honor those men and women who died while serving their country. It is a day when many visit cemeteries to decorate the graves of fallen heroes.

From the Presidential speech regarding Memorial Day.

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Most Americans don't fully see, don't fully understand the sacrifice made by the one percent who serve in this all-volunteer armed forces - a sacrifice that preserves the freedoms we too often take for granted. Few know that it's like to take a bullet for a buddy, or to live with the fact that he or she took one for you.
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The Americans who rest beneath these beautiful hills and in sacred ground across our country and around the world, they are why our nation endures. Each simple stone marker arranged in perfect military precision, signifies the cost of our blessings. It is a debt we can never fully repay. But it is a debt well never stop trying to fully repay, by remaining a nation worthy of their sacrifice. By living our own lives the way the fallen lived theirs - a testament that greater love has no other than this than to lay down your life for your friends.

As we did last night, we try to watch the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC - a program which honors the valor and patriotism of Americans who have served our country. The show pays tributes to their sacrifices as well as those of their families. There is also a special tribute to courageous American heroes disabled for life as a result of injuries received in the line of duty.

Here is a picture of The Nurse's Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery where many military nurses are buried.

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Now today we will fire up the grill and try not to burn the burgers. What do you do to remember this day?

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Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

I am grateful to have come home alive and well, and I remember those who didn't. I think of them often, but I honor them today.

tnbutterfly - Mary, BSN, RN

Specializes in Peds, Med-Surg, Disaster Nsg, Parish Nsg.

Thank you for your service, Pixie. I am so glad you made it home safely.