What are you doing on Memorial Day?

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  • #101593

    It’s a day that we observe in the U.S. to honor men and women who sacrificed their lives through military service.

    Most of us break out the boat or barbecue for the first time and savor the arrival of summer.
    Others find a cemetery to say a prayer or pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate price.
    Me: I’m going to spend time with friends on Sunday, feeling especially grateful for the freedoms that we often take for granted.
    What are you doing this Memorial Day weekend?


    And here’s the most moving 6 minutes of any movie…ever. How can we not feel a profound sense of pride and awe and gratitude?

  • #101654

    Peter G. Tuttle

    As a bare minimum, I plan to shelter enough time to reflect on the sacrifices of oure Nation’s military who, throughout our history, paid the price for our freedom. They sacrificed their tomorrows so that we, so far, have avoided being slaves to the harsh jack-boot of fascism, communism, imperialism, etc. Some time for reflection between flipping burgers or drinking beer is not too much to ask. Go out of your way to thank a Veteran for his or her service…..and have a great holiday…but remember why we have the holiday in the first place. Cheers.

  • #101652

    Noel Carr

    I live about a mile or two from Arlington National Cemetery. For those who also live in the area, if you have a chance to visit the cemetery this weekend, definitely think about spending an hour or two walking around. The flags placed at all the headstones can be very moving.

    Here is a great article and photo essay of the ‘Flags In’ ceremony:

  • #101650

    Julia Ridgely

    I will be watching my father, a WWII veteran, participate in the Rockville Memorial Day parade. He is 88 years old and remembers seeing Civil War veterans march in his hometown’s parade growing up. Perhaps the children who see him on Monday will live into the 22nd century and tell their grandkids about it.

    Thanks to the City of Rockville for reaching out to our surviving WWII vets, including my dad. They have been lovely about proving instructions, rides, etc., and he is quite excited about it!

  • #101648

    Sterling Whitehead

    Unfortunately I’ll spend a lot of time moving but I’m going to find the time to walk to Arlington National Cemetery.

  • #101646

    Barry Everett

    We are celebrating by enjoying the fruits of the all the sacrifices of the men and women who gave it all. The warriors went into harm’s way, so that we could piddle around the house, put in a new walk to the front gate, and we honor them by doing the simple things they can no longer do with their loved ones. Tonight we are watching the PBS Memorial Day Concert, and the stories of love and bravery, loss and renewal. Never forget.

  • #101644

    John Bordeaux

    I think Peter has stated it well. We reflect on their lives, but also on the nation they made possible. This former Airman will be spending it with his former-Marine son-in-law and three tiny grandchildren – all too young to know the price paid for the joy in their lives.

  • #101642

    Chris Bennett

    Short answer: Helping send the child of a fallen soldier to Disney World.

    Longer answer: Earlier this year a colleague and I established Hero Day, an organization to grant wishes for children of fallen soldiers. Our first nominee is 5-year-old MacAidan Gallegos who lost his father in combat. MacAidan wants to go to Disney World over Christmas break.

    What you can do: Donate to Hero Day to help us reach our goal. What a great way to honor those who gave their lives for our country today.

  • #101640

    jill herndon

    Beach — and sharing the road with Rolling Thunder motorcycles.

  • #101638

    Stephen Peteritas

    In Philly and spending time with family and friends. It’s pretty choice sans the massive allergy attack I’m having. And of course no Memorial Day is complete without a BBQ.

  • #101636

    Greg Berry

    I spent the morning in my office doing my part to help local government become more efficient. This afternoon, I’ll be taking my Harley out for a ride while remembering those who fought for our freedom to do things we like to do, like riding my Harley. I’m going to find a way to attach an American Flag to it. I hope you all enjoy the day! And remember to thank a Veteran and those currently serving the greatest country on Earth!

  • #101634

    Steve Ressler

    Me…beach, computer, and thinking about those that served.

  • #101632

    Ted Erlwein

    We are all reflecting which is good. My fun activities this weekend focus on Mule Days – http://www.muledays.org – the largest rodeo using mules rather then horses. Brings craziness to out little town.

  • #101630

    Michael Pendleton

    Visiting my parents and having lunch at their club – many who grew up during WWII will be there and are wearing red, white and blue.

  • #101628


    My little cousin is in town from New Orleans, and we’re showing him the awesomeness of DC’s monuments and museums. Somber moments at Arlington National Cemetery. Soon to be off for burgers and beer tho!

  • #101626

    Felicia Pecora

    I plan to eat some barbeque with a freind of mine. He was in the Air Force and spend a little time in the desert, I was in the Army and spent some time in Bosnia and Haiti. We are both very proud to have served. Tonight, I will say my prayers that the US Senate votes to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” so that my brother and sisters can continue their honorable service openly.

  • #101624

    Hey Chris – great to meet you…decided to stick around all week, eh? Enjoy time with your cuz. Best place for burgers/beer: Capitol City Brewing Company.

  • #101622

    Carol Miller

    I’m in Haiti today with Mangement Scieces for Health/USAID, but also thinking about those who serve and have served, and the families who have sacrificed as well.

  • #101620

    Rob Stalder

    I attended this morning’s National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • #101618

    How are things looking on the ground, Carol? My wife is originally from Haiti. Now that the CNN cameras have left, I’m curious to know if you’re seeing much progress…

  • #101616

    Pamela Holt

    Definitely thought about the troops, current & former & discussed these issues with spouse, who is former Army officer, about the state of the armed forces today, morale, etc. Was also planning on grilling out, but the rain was too much. Want the troops to get safely home!!!

  • #101614

    Peggy Morse

    What am I doing on Memorial Day? I’m at Fort Campbell kissing my son good-bye before his deployment to Afghanistan. Tears…me. Him? Ready to roll with the 101st.

  • #101612

    Candace Riddle

    We spent the weekend camping on the ocean beaches of South Carolina and enjoying the Memorial Day services in Myrtle Beach.

  • #101610

    Richard Wong

    Back when we lived just outside of DC, we’d attend the Sunday evening concert at the Capitol – the readings of the personal letters always reminded me of the purpose of Memorial Day. Then Monday morning we’d attend the services at Arlington Cemetery. This weekend we visited the Veterans tribute at Knoebels Grove, near Elysburg, PA.

  • #101608

    Hi Richard – We watched part of the reading of the personal letters on TV. Always powerful!

    – Andy

  • #101605

    Michele Costanza

    I relocated to the D.C. area from Kansas City in January of this year. I did miss Kansas City BBQ yesterday.

    I attended the Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. I’m so glad I didn’t miss it. I saw Section 60, where the troops from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

  • #101603

    Thanks for sharing the pic, Michele. I’ve attended the ceremony in the past – a touching tribute…along with the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • #101601

    Carol Davison

    I spent Memorial day remembering the valor or the greatest generation of “ordinary” men like my Uncles Harry, Dave, Albert and Eddie Davison who climbed the nearly vertical and completely unprotected cliffs of Normandy under Nazi machine gun fire. Or that of my German Onkel Johann who spoke against the Nazis and was under arrest for years… And the mothers whose sons were killed or perhaps worse, missing in action, and never had the peace of closure, and the second and third verses of America the beautiful:
    Oh, beautiful, for heroes proved in liberating strife;
    who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life.
    America, America, May God thy gold refine
    till all success be nobleness and every gain divine

    O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years
    Thine alabaster cities gleam,Undimmed by human tears!
    America! America!God mend thine every flaw,
    Confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law.

    Former USAF SSGT Carol L. Davison

  • #101599

    Steve Ressler

    Hanging with the family…loving life.

  • #101597

    Steve Ressler

    thats awesome

  • #101595

    Peter G. Tuttle

    Although not strictly on Memorial Day, I did spend Friday and Saturday on the SS John W. Brown, which is an operational WWII Liberty Ship that is berthed out of Baltimore, MD. The ship treats veterans, their families and other guests very well. We offer an historical-educational experience using a day cruise venue, plus we have a very moving memorial ceremony each cruise. You can see our aging WWII and Korean vets gain a bit of extra strength and be 19 years old again even if it only for a few hours. The ship is an excellent living tribute to all that served and I hope to see you on board one day. Link: http://www.liberty-ship.com/ Pete

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