Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer — vacations, camps, barbeques, swimming, sun and so much more.
With all that summer brings, let us not forget to take time to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
Memorial Day (May 30) is a day of remembrance for those who have had their lives taken while serving our nation. In Collin County, 343 servicemembers have died as of Jan. 12, 2011. Ten of those died in Iraq or Afghanistan. We invite you to post your Memorial Day message to loved ones or friends who died in service to our great nation in the comments section below.
We here at TownSquareBuzz are “Painting McKinney Red” as part of the national Red Shirt Fridays campaign. Our goal is simple – to sell red shirts that show our support for our men and women in uniform. We hope we’ll be able to increase awareness around town about the unique needs of veterans, servicemembers and their families. The money we raise from the sale of our red shirts will benefit Community Lifeline Center to provide services directly to veterans in Collin County.
Also in McKinney, we have the Smiles Charity family festival and concert on May 29, an event to raise money to build homes for wounded warriors. It will be a fun-filled day of fellowship, fun and reflection.
The National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3:00 pm local time on Monday. It is a time for all Americans “to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.'”
I found this poem by Moina Michael:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
As you go about your summer and year, don’t forget about our young people fighting for a freedom that so many around the world long for every day.