Annie's Mailbox: Memorial Day
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