Pay tribute to our fallen on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is widely heralded as the unofficial start of summer.  Here on the Emerald Coast it signals the beginning of our busy tourist season, with condos booked, hotel rooms rented, beach supplies at the ready, and the mouth-watering aroma of food being cooked on a grill.  This time of year is unmistakable and really puts us in the celebratory mood.  But before you celebrate, and there will be time for that on this Memorial Day, before the cookouts, beach parties and other events you have planned, take a moment to reflect on the many lives that have been sacrificed so willingly by our selfless men and women in uniform.  This day is about remembrance and honor for those who have died.  It certainly doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on Memorial Day or enjoy your three- or four-day weekend.   Just take a moment to pause and remember the reason for the occasion.

It is also a great time to teach your children about the traditions of Memorial Day. We have one such tradition here in Navarre.  Everyone will meet at Navarre Park and gather around the flag pole for a ceremony.  Organizations will lay wreaths, a battlefield cross will be set, and the ceremony will help everyone focus on what the day is truly about.  Family members will remember their lost loved-ones, and we have many to remember in Navarre.  We are home to six military installations in our area.  We have seen our share of loss.  They are gone but we shall not let them be forgotten. Help your child learn about our military and the extraordinary people who tirelessly serve our great nation.  And explain why we gather once a year to honor them.

 

Memorial Day

By CW Johnson

 

We walked among the crosses

Where our fallen soldiers lay.

And listened to the bugle

As TAPS began to play.

The Chaplain led a prayer

We stood with heads bowed low.

And I thought of fallen comrades

I had known so long ago.

They came from every city

Across this fertile land.

That we might live in freedom.

They lie here ‘neath the sand.

I felt a little guilty

My sacrifice was small.

I only lost a little time

But these men lost their all.

Now the services are over

For this Memorial Day.

To the names upon these crosses I just want to say,

Thanks for what you’ve given

No one could ask for more.

May you rest with God in heaven

From now through evermore.

 

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