Memorial Day – I posted this on Saturday, but because I can’t come up with anything else that sums up my thoughts and feelings on the subject in different words that would mean as much to me, I’m going to re post it here. I wrote this in 2011 on another blog I do sporadically. Here were my thoughts about this special day on which we honor the fallen veterans who gave their all for our freedom.
Throughout the history of this great nation of ours men and women have fought for the luxuries we enjoy each day, the luxuries born of freedom. Freedom that did not come without great price, and great sacrifice. These brave soldiers have taken up arms and gone wherever they were needed, wherever they were directed to go, and have done so selflessly, without question. They willingly put their lives on the line each and every day so that you and I can worship God in our own way, choose where to live, what to wear, how we make our living, and travel freely from one place to another. They live, serve and often times are wounded and changed for life, or many die, so that we can pray, read our Bibles, protest against injustice, eat whatever we want from the menu at whatever restaurant we choose to frequent, and vote our choice for the people who attempt – often times not too successfully – to run the government to which they pledge their service. Ultimately though, WE are the ones they pledge their service to – each of us, the citizens of the United States of America.
In exchange for this sacrifice take some time out of your oh-so-busy schedule, and remember. You can put down that hot dog, take a second out of your camping trip, stop mowing your lawn, or watching that movie for a few minutes, to remember all of the lives that have been lost over the years, in conflicts near and far, for causes we may or may not agree with. Remember that they willingly gave all of themselves for each and every one of you, and they would do it all again for the privilege, the honor, of serving this country they loved so much that it was worth giving their lives. Remember that not only have soldiers died for our freedoms, they have given their health and well being and live day to day now reliving in their minds and hearts the moments when their lives were irrevocably changed, so that you and I can enjoy our existence as free citizens. Remember that there are soldiers, brave men and women, currently serving all over the world, sacrificing watching their children grow up, giving up the simple things we take for granted – like waking up next to the one they love, a drive-through trip to McDonald’s, or air conditioning – so that they can serve this nation they love with every patriotic breath they draw. Remember them, honor them, thank them. Without them your lives would be dramatically different in every way.
To the men and women who serve at home, the police officers, fire fighters, EMT’s – brave men and women who put their lives on the line for the every day life here at home – you may not be currently serving in our military, but you are serving our country, our citizens and enhancing our lives. You are remembered and appreciated each and every day.
Thank you to my husband, grandfathers, father, brother, uncles, son, son-in-law, my dear friend D and all of the young men and women who serve and have been adopted into our family. Your service, your sacrifices, your love for our nation – all is appreciated. Thank you. God Bless You. I will always remember.
Sun Screen Day – Well, this celebration won’t be of any use to us in Western Washington today, but hopefully it will pertain to us at some point this summer! Sunscreen Day educates and brings awareness to the importance of using sunscreens to protect yourself and your children from harmful UV rays from the sun. This day is held on May 27th, just in advance of the summer and vacation season. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are a serious risk to your health. Overexposure to the sun can cause a number of health problems. It can cause skin cancer and sunspots. It can also result in premature aging of your skin. Doctors and medical professionals advocate the use of sunscreens to guard against health problems. They recommend an Skin Protection factor(SPF) of 15 or more. Sunscreens should be used for all outdoor activities, including swimming. And yes, sun screens should be used on cloudy days. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds. Now get out and celebrate Sun Screen Day in the sun…with your sun screen protection! If it’s raining where you are, like it is for me today, you may just forego this one and find nice indoor activities instead.
Cellophane Tape Day – Richard Gurley Drew (June 22, 1899 – December 14, 1980) was an American inventor who worked for Johnson and Johnson Permacel Co 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he invented masking tape and cellophane tape. When Mr. Drew began working at 3M in S. Paul in 1924 it was a manufacturer of sandpaper. While he was testing their new Wetordy sandpaper at auto shops, Drew was intrigued to learn that the two-tone auto paint jobs so popular in the roaring 20s were difficult to manage at the border between the two colors. He worked for two years in the labs, and invented the first masking tape, a two-inch-wide tan paper strip backed with a light, pressure sensitive adhesive. The first tape had adhesive along its edges, but not in the middle. In its first trial run it fell off the car and frustrated the auto painter. “Take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to shove it” the painter growled at Drew. (By Scotch he meant parsimonious). The nickname stuck, both to Drew’s improved masking tape, and to his 1930 invention, Scotch brand cellulose tape, the first transparent cellophane adhesive tape. In the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash of 1929 people began using tape to repair items instead of replacing them, which was the beginning of 3M’s diversification into all manner of marketplaces and helped them to flourish in spite of the Great Depression. Richard Drew passed away in 1980 in Santa Barbara, California.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National BBQ Month – Nothing tastes quite as delicious as meat and vegetables grilled outdoors in the open air. To hardcore enthusiasts, barbecue means “low and slow.” To the less stringent, it might just be smoky-sweet sauce you slap on a grilled goodie. No matter how you feel about it, and what your favorite BBQ method is, www.food.com offers the best of both worlds.
Please, put down your picnic for a few minutes, take some time and truly reflect on what today means. Ponder the absolute and ultimate sacrifice made on our behalf by our veterans who have died in battle for us, for our nation and for all of the freedom that we take for granted today. This is something we should NOT take for granted, not for a single second, for with complacency comes the opening for tyranny to creep in . . . and look around. Complacency has not only crept in, it’s taken up residence within our borders. You have only to read the news – well, the news given by those not afraid to speak the truth – to see that tyranny is also creeping in. Please don’t let the sacrifices made by the fallen be in vain. Stand up and reclaim our nation. God Bless You – I’ll see you tomorrow.