District No. 1120

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On Monday, May 25th, our Country recognizes and celebrates Memorial Day. We as a Country rejoice, revel, lament, praise, hail, and commemorate in celebration the services of all those who serve, served, and gave their lives for an ideology called FREEDOM! We recognize and celebrate:

  • VETERANS DAY – celebrating the service of all U.S. military veterans.
  • ARMED FORCES DAY – minor remembrance in May but no less important which honors those  currently serving in the United States Military.

On Monday, May 25th, we recognize and celebrate MEMORIAL DAY which honors those who gave the ultimate SACRIFICE – LIFE, while in military service.
Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. I would like to share a brief on the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
First, on both Memorial Day and Veterans Day we spend time remembering and honoring the countless veterans who have served the United States throughout the country’s history. However, there is a distinction between the two holidays. Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in military service of our country, and particularly honors those who died in battle or because of wounds sustained in battle. Thus, memorializing the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, and I would like to remind everyone of those who remain buried in foreign lands, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We as Elks and Americans find ways to support and safeguard grieving families and loved ones who are left behind. Veterans Day is no less important as it is a day, we as Americans set aside to thank and honor ALL who served—in wartime or peacetime—regardless of whether they died or survived.

We enjoy our freedom we so often take for granted, and I castigate, scold, and caution all those who choose to kneel for our Flag and our National Anthem. There are other forums to express the Freedom these men and women have earned us as Americans through their sacrifice.

Our heroes' sacrifice reflect a final thank you; "Every man dies, not every man really lives."   - William Wallace
Why I stand and salute you!
Daniel D. Rice
U.S. Marine Corps [Vet.]
Exalted Ruler, CVLodge#2011

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