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Remembering Memorial Day. 

On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of our country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifices be in vain. 

Matthew Thompson 

Honoring Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor those who have died in service to this Country.   

On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

 

Last year we spent the day at Arlington National Cemetary.  It was a remarkable experience. The day is not about BBQ and getting off work. Happy Memorial Day? No. Honoring those who sacrificed ALL on Memorial Day?  Yes. 

Matthew Thompson

Stop to Taste the Honeysuckle.

I did something this weekend that I apparently had not done in years. I stopped to taste the honeysuckle!

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We are celebrating Memorial Day with some friends in Nashville. Among the many, many things to do, we also hiked up to Fort Granger in Franklin, TN. This was the site of the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War.

Along the trail was honeysuckle. We stopped, picked a few, pulled out the stamen, bit off the tip and enjoyed the sweet nectar, literally. The children were in awe.

It reminded me of the cliche, the little things in life matter. Stop to smell the roses. Stop for school buses and stop and taste the honeysuckle. Enjoy the nectar of life.

Remember Memorial Day!

 

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