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 “Decoration 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.
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:
Shannon is a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser and serves as the Vice President of the DW Slater Company. She joined David at the DW Slater Company in 2006. Shannon graduated Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a BA degree. Prior to joining the DW Slater Company, she was an Elementary School Teacher for the Pilot Point Independent School District. Shannon is an FHA Certified Appraiser. Shannon is a designated member of the National Association of Appraisers and a member of the Association of Texas Appraisers. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, singing in a local church choir, and tandem cycling with her husband.