All around the country American citizens will be celebrating Memorial Day on the 26th. Some with parades, some with BBQ’s and some alone in solemn silence. The stories below are a wonderful and powerful reminder of the true meaning of the day, its significance to us all, and the true power of the American spirit.
In March of 2013, the Huffington Post shared a story about a random act of kindness that left her in tears.
In 2002, Captain John Rasmussen wrote a firsthand account of what "honor" truly means in the military and how one small act has the power to change lives.
I'll never forget that incident. That soldier, whose name I will never know, taught me more about duty, honor, and respect than a hundred books or a thousand lectures.
In 2013, one Iraq War veteran walked 13 miles in full gear to honor a friend, Sgt. Eric Holke, who is buried at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside. In his own words, Sgt. Eric Hille said, "We have to do our best to continue to remember the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice for what we have the privilege of doing in this country."
Most people have heard of the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier, but most likely don't understand the deep commitment of the soldiers posted there. This story is an account of when, "for the first time ever, soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery were given permission to leave their post at the Tomb of the Unknowns if Hurricane Isabel became too dangerous."
If you are looking for ways you can celebrate Memorial Day this year we have 20 Ways For You To Honor Soldiers.