A Crow’s View wants to remind everyone to take time and remember the fallen heroes who lost their lives to preserve our freedoms!
For many people Memorial Day Weekend marks the coming of summer. It’s the official weekend to breakout the grill and stock up on gas or charcoal. Retailers of every stripe offer sales galore to encourage summer prepping; however, Memorial Day is about much more than that.
A simple Google search (for privacy concerns A Crow’s View recommends using Start Page) will yield an abundance of facts and information about this special Holiday. A particularly interesting article published in USA Today by Allison Sylte lists 10 historical facts about Memorial Day. The following samples are what A Crow’s View finds the most interesting:
- It wasn’t always Memorial Day — it used to be known as Decoration Day
- Originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861-1865)
- Roughly 620,000 Americans died in the Civil War….About 644,000 Americans have died in all other conflicts combined.
- Red poppies are known as a symbol of remembrance, and it’s a tradition to wear them to honor those who died in war
- President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act on Dec. 28, 2000, designating 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day as a National Moment of Remembrance
The last bullet point is a salient reminder of how simple it is to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. A Crow’s View suggests taking Clinton’s Remembrance Act a step further, by following a simple tradition started by your humble author and his mother.
The first Memorial Day following the September 11, 2001 attacks, my mother and I wanted to do something special for Memorial Day. We struggled on what we could do that would standout from simply taking part in a moment of silence or some other similar event, so we researched ways to honor fallen heroes.
When we finished our research, we came up with an amalgam of different memorial techniques to honor Memorial Day in a simple, inexpensive, and gratifying way. Our plan involved purchasing a dozen roses each and then going to a cemetery to place a flower on a grave of a fallen soldier.
This sounds pretty simple, but cemeteries are filled with veterans and a dilemma shortly came about: a limited number of flowers versus a large number of graves. The desire to honor the most deserving veterans and economics dictated that a few rules were needed, so that the most deserving graves would received a flower.
With this in mind we developed the following rules to ensure honor is correctly bestowed upon the most fitting person .
- A flower is placed on a grave of a veteran killed in combat or during service
- This rule has supremacy over all rules
- If determinable, killed in action and missing in action receives priority over noncombat casualties
- If death occurs during war/conflict’s time frame, it is assumed person died from combat
- The war’s order or date of service dictates priority
- A grave that appears to be forgotten or abandoned can supersede war’s order/date of service
- Veterans of the American Revolutionary War and Civil War automatically receives a flower regardless.
- Rule four (4) can supersede rule one (1)
- Any war/conflict prior to the Twentieth-Century will receive a flower regardless, unless in conflict with rule four (4), if either rule one (1), two (2) or three (3) are present between multiple pre-Twentieth-Century graves, then flower placement will be dictated by comparing rules one (1), two (2), and three (3) accordingly.
- In cases where multiple pre-Twentieth-Century graves are an issue use steps 1-3 to determine priority
- If rules one (1) and four (4) are not present follow rules two (2) and three (3) to determine flower placement.
After implementing our first Memorial Day tribute, it became a tradition. It is my hope that this show of respect will inspire others to follow suit. If you are looking for a rewarding way to celebrate Memorial Day, then please give this little tradition a try. It will serve you well and send a great message.