Friday, May 27, 2011
Memorial Day Weekend
As we prepare for this three-day weekend of relaxation, parades and barbeques, Home Equity Builders would like to take a moment to thank all those who serve and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy in the United States of America. We thank our retired veterans, our active duty military, our reservists and all the families who love and wait for them. We think especially of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives in the service of our country.
If you take the time to put up your flag on Memorial Day, here is a fact that you might not be aware of. On Memorial Day, the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom." -- Abraham Lincoln
Happy Memorial Day!