It’s Memorial Day, A Time To Remember Fallen American Heroes

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JAMESTOWN – Today we are pausing to remember members of the U.S. Military who died while protecting our nation.

Even though events like the Jamestown Memorial Day Parade will not happen this year because of COVID-19 gathering concerns, Americans nationwide are encouraged to spend Memorial Day visiting cemeteries and otherwise honoring those who lost their lives in service to the country.








Because Memorial Day is a somber day to honor those who died in service to the country, saying “Happy Memorial Day” is considered to be in bad taste. For those who have lost family or friends through military service, the day is far from happy.

The red poppy is often worn on Memorial Day, a tradition started during World War I and inspired by Canadian soldier John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields,” written in 1915.





The poppy’s use as a symbol in the U.S. was first inspired by an American woman, Moina Michael, who in 1918 wrote the poem “We Shall Keep the Faith” in response to McCrae’s, and dedicated the rest of her life to getting the red poppy emblem recognized by governments worldwide as a symbol honoring the fallen.

 















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1 Comment

  1. This weekend,

    VP Kamala Harris said “Enjoy your Long Weekend”… with a picture of herself ??? (No Flag, No mention of the reason we celebrate)

    President Joe Biden said to a 9 year old girl “I’m especially honored to share the stage with Brittany, and Jordan and Nathan and Margaret Catherine. I love those barrettes in your hair, man, I’ll tell you what, look at her, she looks like she’s nineteen years old sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed.” (Nothing disturbing about this)

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