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Memorial Day is a Memory Jogger

Paying tribute to those who purchased our freedom

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
May 22, 2020

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Memorial Day is a Memory Jogger

This weekend, visit your local cemetery.
Take a look as you take a walk.
Make note of the miniature flags
next to those white grave markers.
These visual aids are there to jog our memories.
After all, as the years run together,
we need objects that break our mindless stride
and trip us up in a good way.

Those flags and those tombstones
call attention
to heroes who stood at attention
saluting the freedoms
for which they were willing to die.

Sheltering in place
and separated from us by six feet,
these heroes now sleep
awaiting Gabriel's reveille.

We honor their memories
by speaking their names aloud.
We honor their families
by depositing flowers near the flags.

We honor their nation
by refusing to let their service be forgotten.
We sanctify their final resting places
by leaving our footprints on this sacred soil
too-often unvisited.

We acknowledge our debt
by paying tribute to men and women
who spent the last day of their life
purchasing the liberty we cherish
with the currency of their blood.

Peace to their memory!

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