Memorial Day 2022

American flags and poppies for Memorial Day
Image by Liam Ortiz from Pixabay

We take this time to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country on this 154th annual Memorial Day.  Memorial Day was originally called β€œDecoration Day” and was observed first in May of 1868. It is a day on which those who lost their lives while serving in the military are remembered.  In 1971 Congress standardized it as being called Memorial Day and celebrated on the last Monday in May.  

This is a federal holiday and many places are closed. Click here for a list of restaurants that will be open.   For Memorial Day events in the Dallas- Fort Worth area click here and for National Events check out this site

As many of us will celebrate the day off by spending time with family and friends, we do hope that you take just a moment to remember those fallen military members.  Here is a poem that was written by Randall W West, a Vietnam Veteran. 

The Fallen

Fragile is a single life the brave so freely give.

Bound for immortality, their souls will surely live.

Death, don’t be proud for what you took, they freely gave away.

Their quest for freedom far outweighed the fear that you convey.

They joined the ranks of warriors, staying vigil day and night.

They often skipped a meal or two, but they never missed a fight.

God bless the men and women whose fighting days are done.

Say a special prayer at night for each and every one.

Rest assured that you will find throughout the coming years

These fallen warriors will return in the hearts of all their peers!

If we forget their sacrifice, their deaths will be in vain.

Let’s stand beside their loved ones as we sing their last refrain:

You’ve come upon our heaven’s gate

You surely won’t have long to wait.

The saints will take good care of you,

But there is still a lot to do.

You’ve joined the ranks of everyone

Who fought so freedom could be won.

Although your job on earth is done,

Your work in heaven’s just begun.



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