Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’

Honoring our Fallen Service Members

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Memorial Day weekend is thought of as the “first weekend of summer,” but it is also so much more. Here in and around the nation’s capital, we have many particular reminders of why the day was founded. For example, Arlington National Cemetery and memorials on the National Mall are destinations for many Americans to remember […] [Read more]

A Day for Remembering and Giving Thanks

Monday, May 30th, 2016

As our country becomes increasingly individualistic, secular and materialistic, the risk is that we forget who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. One example of this is the way we commemorate our holy days like Easter and Christmas, and civic holidays like Memorial Day and Labor Day. On Easter and […] [Read more]

Remembering and Giving Thanks on Memorial Day

Monday, May 26th, 2014

When people come to visit our nation’s capital, many go to Arlington National Cemetery to pay their respects to those brave men and women who worked to defend our nation, including giving the last full measure of their devotion in the service of security and freedom. “Where did they find the strength necessary to do […] [Read more]

Memorial Day and the “Shepherd in Combat Boots”

Monday, May 27th, 2013

For many, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, a day of rest to spend with family and friends. But for all Americans, this should be a time to remember the sacrifice of those men and women who, in the words of President Lincoln, “gave the last full measure of devotion,” sacrificing their lives […] [Read more]

Many Rights

Friday, June 1st, 2012

At the end of a Memorial Day Mass, celebrated here as elsewhere throughout the United States, the celebrant waited at the back of the large tent set up at the cemetery to greet the many, many people who came to remember and to pray.  A woman with tears in her eyes waited her turn, and […] [Read more]