This is the weekend, Memorial Day weekend, my family visits one of our local cemeteries and deliver flowers to the graves of veterans including a handwritten note of thanks from the kids in our 4H club. Others at EXAIR will join parades, watch parades, run a Memorial Day 10K, and gather with friends and family.
It is easy to enjoy the extra day off work and recognize how well we grilled those steaks or use the extra day to plant the garden, seal the deck, powerwash the walkway, hang out at the pool, have a beer and relax.
It is slightly harder to pay respects and/or recognize the sacrifice of our veterans who lost their lives in order for us to choose which of the above leisures we would like to enjoy. But, let me encourage us all to take a moment to look for and attend a ceremony, parade, or event focused upon these veterans. They deserve our recognition and respect.
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, enjoy yourselves, love one another, and remember to remember our veterans who have lost their lives serving the United States of America.
To the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard veterans and current personnel:
Thank you to all of you who have served in our armed forces to keep our freedom intact. You have our respect and support.
The reason we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11is because this is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended the World War I hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany in 1918.In 1938, a Congressional Act was signed into place to recognize Armistice Day, a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. It was changed to Veteran’s Day in 1954. This is a day we should celebrate all the current soldiers and civilians who served in the forces at anytime, during peace or war.
Many of us who are military veterans receive thanks for our service from time to time. And most of us will acknowledge that it was our honor to serve. But not on Monday – we didn’t earn that. Memorial Day is when we remember those who lost their lives while serving in our nation’s defense.
I got to serve during a time of peace. I’m grateful that I never saw combat, and I’m humbled to share the distinction of “veteran” with those who did. Those who saw combat may very likely know someone they will remember on Monday. Others will remember a friend or family member…may they know comfort and peace from the thanks of a grateful nation.
Whatever your plans are this weekend, I encourage you to spend the time…even if it’s a just a moment…to consider the price that’s been paid for the freedoms we enjoy. And have a great Memorial Day – it’s been paid for.
In a conversation with one of my sisters recently, I was informed how elated she is that Memorial Day is approaching so she can soon wear white. There is, or maybe there was at some point, a fashion rule dictating that white only be worn between Memorial Day and Labor Day. As I understand, this was done by the opulent to set themselves aside from the working class, who often wore dark clothes for work.
When she told me this, I of course asked if she knew Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. “Accessoriiiiize!”, she said, as if her brain was assembling the ensemble she MUST wear as soon as possible.
This sister is a stark contrast to my other sister who is married to a retired Marine and veteran of the war in Afghanistan. For their family, Memorial Day takes on a much more somber, appreciative tone, as it does with me.
We are fortunate to live as we do, and regardless of a person’s political beliefs, we ALL appreciate the dedication and sacrifice of those in our armed forces.
I was recently told by a foreign national that they admire the culture of America. How we as a people do not fight for land territory, but for ideals and principles of fair living.
Let’s remember that, and remember those who have fallen in defense of our ideals.
Many of our EXAIR Families will watch their Boy Scouts walk in a parade or help decorate veteran’s gravestones with their 4H club, or remember their family members who have died serving the US military. EXAIR supports all of these activities and has the utmost respect and gratitude for those who have died serving our country so we may have opportunity and freedom. Please take a moment to think of our fallen, brave U.S. military people today.
I, like many U.S. citizens enjoyed the festivities over this past 4th of July. Let us not forget the 8,000 patriots that gave their lives for our independence as well as the 848, 163 others who perished in subsequent wars protecting our freedom. Below is the top 10 wars ranked by casualties.
Top 10 wars ranked by casualties
World War II (1941–1945)………………………….291,557
U.S. Civil War (1861–1865)…………………………212,938
World War I (1917–1918)…………………………….53,402
Vietnam War (1955–1975)……………………………47,424
Korean War (1950–1953)……………………………..33,746
U.S. Revolutionary War (1775–1783)…………….8,000
War on Terror (2001–present))………………………5,281
War of 1812 (1812–1815)……………………………….2,260
Mexican–American War (1846–1848)…………….1,733
Northwest Indian War (1785–1795)………………1,221
We have a lot to be thankful for and owe a debt of appreciation to our service personnel past and present. EXAIR honored our employees that served by awarding them a commemorative plaque. Each branch of the armed services were served by one of our employees.
Also the Grand Lodge of Ohio Masons presented them with a commemorative medallion celebrating the laying of the cornerstone at Perry’s Monument Put-In-Bay, Ohio.
Perry’s Monument is the only federal monument dedicated to peace. The memorial is a great Doric Column of pink-white granite 45 feet in diameter and 352 tall. Beneath the stone floor of the monuments lie the remains of three U.S. officers and three British officers.
Thank you EXAIR veterans and all veterans. Your service appreciated and humbling.
Well EXAIR Blog readers, it’s that time of the year again. The grass needs cut twice a year, evenings are lit with fire pits, tiki torches, and bug zappers, and the heat of the day has you looking for shade. All of these can only mean one thing, it’s summertime which means it’s also Memorial Day weekend.
I believe the best Memorial Day blog EXAIR has released is one from one of our own veterans, Russ Bowman. His blog, The Science of S’mores, talks about just a few events that are held nation wide on this weekend. Then like most Americans do ending it with a nice relaxing family and friends cookout. (I have to steal the video on S’mores)
So no matter where you are this weekend make sure to give thanks to our country’s veterans. Also take some time to make sure and enjoy the freedom they helped us earn and keep by going out to one of your community events. Here’s a link to just a handful of events that will be happening here in Cincinnati.