Monday, May 27, 2013

Let Freedom Ring. At 3 pm....

So here we are on the beginning of Memorial Day 2013.  While the origins of Memorial Day (previously known as Decoration Day) are not clear, the purpose is: To honor those who died in service of our nation. We cherish and value our freedom and, amidst the picnics and parades, encourage all to take a  moment of silence to remember our fallen friends.

Memorial Day was first acknowledged in 1868 by General John Logan, national Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The holiday was embrace by the northern states, but not necessarily acknowledged in the south. It was only after World War I was the Day embraced by all States to honor all fallen soldiers in any war.

In 2000, efforts were undertaken to remind folks of the true meaning of Memorial Day by passage of the "National Moment of Remembrance." While remembering our friends and family is always important, Memorial Day is to focus on those who died in service for our Country. The National Moment of Remembrance" requests that we pause whatever we are doing at 3pm on Memorial Day and simply observe a moment of silence or listen to Taps. Here at Ohio Kayak, we embrace the idea and hope that all our followers please "take pause" at 3 pm and remember. We can "get outside and play" because so many have paid the ultimate consequence protecting our freedom.


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