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Memorial Day - Scoutmaster Minute

Memorial Day - Scoutmaster Minute
David Madison
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Memorial Day - Scoutmaster Minute

Memorial Day is the time for Americans to reconnect with their history and core values by honoring those who gave their lives for the ideals we cherish.

More than a million American service members died in the wars and conflicts this nation fought since the first colonial soldiers took up arms in 1775 to fight for independence. Each person who died during those conflicts was a loved one cherished by family and friends. Each was a loss to the community and the nation.

For decades, Memorial Day was a day in our nation when stores closed and communities gathered together for a day of parades and other celebrations with a patriotic theme. Memorial Day meant ceremonies at cemeteries around the country, speeches honoring those who gave their lives, the laying of wreaths, the playing of Taps.

It is important that those of us who understand the importance of our history, who understand the importance of our armed forces, who understand the importance of the values of our armed forces - that we act to help re-connect the American people to the American soldier.

Charles M. Province wrote:

 

"It is the Soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us Freedom of the Press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us Freedom of Speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the Freedom to demonstrate.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial;
And it is the Soldier--who salutes the flag,
Who serves the flag, and
Whose coffin is draped by the flag--
Who allows the protester to burn the flag."

 

Remembering a Scout’s “Duty to Country,” I ask that you please continue to make a difference with your words and actions and march with us in the Memorial Day parade.

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