Life Advice



Annie's Mailbox: Memorial Day

Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar on

Dear Readers: Memorial Day has become a three-day holiday of picnics and cookouts. But there is a reason for this commemoration, so please remember the servicemen and women who died serving their country. Consider visiting a veterans hospital or military cemetery and paying your respects. At 3 p.m. local time, the National Moment of Remembrance asks for 60 seconds of silence to remember U.S. service members who gave their lives in the line of duty. And if you have a flag, it is appropriate to display it at half-staff until noon.

"Last Monday in May" by John T. Bird of Birmingham, Ala.

We pause to remember those who died

with so much courage

so much pride.

They'll never come back


but memories endure

to remind us of freedom: fragile, pure.

We're worthy of their sacrifice

if we pause each day


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