From the Beaches of Normandy to the Mountains of AfghanistanPosted by Randy | May 27, 2011
This Monday, May 30th, our nation celebrates Memorial Day. This is an opportunity for each of us to pause and pay tribute to the American heroes that have fallen while defending our nation for the cause of liberty. Below you will find Memorial Day resources that may help you and your family learn more about the solemn importance of this day.
History of Memorial Day (Department of Veterans Affairs)
Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the military. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. Click here to learn more about: the origins of Memorial Day, the Memorial Day Order, military funeral honors, National Cemetery Administration, National and State Veterans Cemeteries, Arlington National Cemetery, how to display the flag at half-staff, general flag display guidelines, folding the flag, the significance of the poppy flower, and the history of Taps.
Photo Resources (U.S. Army)
Click here to view photo galleries of Arlington National Cemetery and Battle Monuments around the country.
Video Resources (History Channel)
The History Channel offers a variety of Memorial Day video resources, including the History of Memorial Day, A Memorial Day Tribute, America and the Civil War, and Blacks in the Military. You can view the videos by clicking here. One of my top priorities as your representative in Congress is creating an atmosphere that is open to the exchange of ideas so constituents of the Fourth District can make well-informed decisions.
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