** Around the yard on Memorial Day 2013 **
When I was growing up, our holidays were usually shared with our large extended family in Michigan. As time went on and family members moved away it became a challenge to keep up with one another at holiday time. With everyone's different schedules and time zones, phone calls often came at inopportune moments. So, somewhere along the line we made an unwritten rule that no matter what was going on, at 4:00 we would pause to remember and think of one another. From then on, it was common for Christmas cards to include the line "we'll be thinking of you at 4:00". While it wasn't quite the same as being together, it felt good to know that we were still together in thought.
Today, as we in America celebrate Memorial Day, it is my hope that as we go about our day we take time to remember the huge sacrifices that have been made by the men and women who have fought and lost their lives while serving our country.
Yes, between parades and swimming pools, barbecues and get-togethers, it can be a busy day. But, even in the midst of all the busyness, there's a way to take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the Memorial Day holiday. Today at 3:00, take one minute to observe silence, remember our true heroes and listen to Taps being played. By doing this you will be participating in the National Moment of Remembrance
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When I read about this it brought to mind our family 4:00 rule.
It always felt good to know that so many family members were forming a united front of happy family memories all at the same time.
I'm envisioning a similar united front of Americans today at 3:00.
I'd like to think we can set aside our political differences and honor our heroes and their families by remembering the sacrifices they made for us all.