25 May 2012
Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? While many of us are on the cusp of a long weekend that will most likely be spent with family, friends and loved ones, it is important to remember what this holiday is really all about: honoring American service members. As always, we are dedicating this week’s FFFT post to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Memorial Day Celebrations, Ceremonies Abound in Washington, D.C.
Memorial Day weekend in Washington, with our many military and war memorials and active military personnel and veterans, is a time of reflection and celebration. Parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, festivals and, of course, the annual National Memorial Day Concert give visitors and locals plenty of opportunities to remember those who have sacrificed to serve their country. Here’s a roundup of Memorial Day events this weekend in the D.C. area.
For This Military Town, a Memorable Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend will feel a little different this year than any in the past decade in this small town in southwestern Kentucky. After years of seeing thousands of local soldiers deployed from nearby Fort Campbell, Memorial Day 2012 finds most of the community’s transient citizens home, present and accounted for. And that has had some big impacts on the area emotionally and economically. Check out more from PBS here.
Soldiers Place Thousands of Flags at Arlington Graves Ahead of Memorial Day
Soldiers placed small American flags at the graves of more than 260,000 service members in Arlington National Cemetery yesterday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The United States Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment has maintained the tradition, known as “Flags-In,” at the cemetery since 1948. The regiment, also known as the “Old Guard,” sent every available soldier to cover the 624 acre military cemetery, according to the Army. Check out more here.
33,000 Flags Planted in Boston for Memorial Day
Over 200 volunteers spent Wednesday planting flags (pictured) for Memorial Day on the grounds of Boston Common in downtown Boston in honor of those who served and died for our country. The 33,000 flags represent all of the fallen soldiers from Massachusetts who have died since the civil war. Check out more here.
2012 Memorial Day Tribute to the Fallen
The National Guard just posted a video tribute to soldiers we lost in 2011. This video serves as powerful reminder of the importance of this holiday.