questionswon't you please join me in honoring our soldiers…

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Forgot to mention the Memorial Day Poppy. Anyone remember these?:

"The poppy only grows in the absence of other flowers and only in ground that has been churned. In perhaps the best known poem of World War I, when Dr. John McCrae observed poppies growing between the soldiers' graves, it inspired him to write the poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy has since become known as "The Flower of Remembrance" and is worn in memory of our veterans."

I've not checked the validity of the above, but find it an interesting story, worthy of repeating. I do remember wearing a poppy on Memorial Day. Don't know if this is still a custom.

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And the other armed forces as well:
Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

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While it's great to honor all our veterans, this day is supposed to be reserved for those who died in defense of our nation.

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Have a Miller Light in honor of a warrior. It's what he'd have if he was here with us today.

Army Spc. Marshall L. Edgerton
http://www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/oif/profiles/edgertonmarshalll.html

And just because I love this song here it is.

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Local VFW chapters sell poppies (we used to call them "Buddy Poppies") around our area on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I always buy one or two and put them on the rear view mirror of my car.

Lee Brice has a wonderful tribute to a fallen soldier in this song "I Drive Your Truck".
http://youtu.be/yCSMCgqlc-0

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I was able to find a photo of my Great Uncle Ezra, who died in WWI. He was in his early 20's and was killed in the Battle of Chateau Thierry in France, 1918. When I was a child he had been gone for over 50 years, and had died long before my father was born, but his loss was still a sad story the family told at get togethers. While I had other family members who served in the military, including several who saw active duty in World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict, and in Viet Nam, Ezra was the only family member we lost.

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@kamikazeken: "While it's great to honor all our veterans, this day is supposed to be reserved for those who died in defense of our nation."

Of course, you're absolutely correct. I somehow neglected to make that distinction. Very sorry; please forgive my inadvertent omission. Memorial Day was always intended to honor those who died while serving our country. Veteran's Day honors all military personnel.

From somewhere on the internet:
"Today we honor those military men & women who gave their lives so that we could be free to live, eat, work & play as we see fit. As you go about your day, take a moment to remember that what we have was earned on the backs of others & offer a silent prayer of thanks for their ultimate sacrifice...."

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@kamikazeken: I'm pretty sure today is about celebrating the start of summer and getting super trashed at a barbecue/pool party because everyone has the day off from work. Or getting a great deal on a car or something. Or maybe that's just the way it seems...

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Decoration Day was first observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate those who had died during the US Civil War by decorating the graves with flowers. After World War I, which officially ended in 1919, Decoration Day was expanded to honor all military personnel who had died during any war or military action in which the United States had been involved. It was after this time that Decoration Day began to be known as Memorial Day. But it was not until 1967 that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation officially renaming the holiday as Memorial Day.