Memorial Day 2020

With the parade cancelled are there any other creative plans going around to honor this day? Everyone in town outside at 10AM to make some noise? Moment of silence or something broadcast by WRNJ?

hktownie hktownie
6 days ago

As Members of the American Legion we received a note from the National American Legion Commander encouraging communities to pay tribute to our Nations fallen heroes by placing lighted candles of honor on our front porches or steps at dusk on May 25th (Memorial Day) . as a reminder to everyone we will continue to honor those who served and will continue to do so forever regardless of what circumstances we find ourselves in as a community or a nation...We may not be able to parade but there is always some way to honor our heroes who so proudly served our country..

There is also an act, created in 1996 by the White House Commission on Remembrance. In it, the president is supposed to annually issue a proclamation stating that at 3 pm, everyone observe 2 minutes of silence and remembrance.

summerrain1 summerrain1
5 days ago

Thank you joyful, this is a great idea. We will do this along with hanging our flag.

hktownie hktownie
4 days ago

Great time to binge watch Band Of Brothers.

Should be mandatory watching for all at some point in high school.

If you don't serve, at least it can give you perspective for what others did that allow us to enjoy the life we have.

Memorial Day should be celebrated every day IMO. Those who laid down their lives for the very freedom we are provided cannot be honored enough. Please be respectful and remember that Memorial Day is for those who lost their lives in service to our great country. We have Veteran's Day for those who served and are still living or have passed after serving and Armed Forces Day for those who are currently serving.

Calico696 Calico696
3 days ago

Great suggestion, Josh.

+1 Calico- I've been spreading that gospel for years.

JeffersonRepub JeffersonRepub
3 days ago

Band of Brothers was followed by The Pacific. Also excellent. One of the characters in The Pacific is John Basilone who grew up in Raritan and was a Medal of Honor recipient.

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
2 days ago

Not dissing anyone, but ever wonder why there isn't a "wartime civilian day?" Or do we honor spouses and family on these days? We might that, I just am not sure, perhaps my bad for not noticing.

I mean I have a relative who had five sisters and a mother in Italy and "volunteered" to go behind enemy lines to provide support and care. He struggled to survive there the entire war, it was really bad if you didn't rah-rah those in power, he faced death many times, almost starved the whole time, you name it. You think this sequester is bad? The cost: his US wife declared him dead and remarried. No internet, no mail, no updates -- for years. Even took a year or more after the War before the boats were accessible to common civilians.

Again, not dissing anyone, but seems we really don't do service to the civilians living under these rules nor the service-folk's families and significant others except through honoring them. Not that I would change any of that, just wondered about those left out who, frankly, served as well.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
2 days ago

This is a short piece regarding who ought to be memorialized on what really is a sacred day for our military.


Great short article. I'm sure my parents would have loved to have had a resource like way back when.

Phil D. Phil D.
2 days ago

SD, we would need a framework for this; I am not sure what this would look like?

Oh, I get it, makes sense, but is there a day for civilians? Just wondering because realky not good at these. So appreciate rhe article, thanks.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
1 day ago

I guess you could say the Merchant Marines are somewhere between civilians and military. By in large not eligible for VA benefits or service medals (they have their own).

OnTheEdge OnTheEdge
1 day ago

Funny, that relative I mentioned who went behind the lines to serve the War protecting his mother and sisters was also a merchant marine. But as my father who served and paid a price and he who didn’t but it sure weren’t nice; both would’ve said; give the parade to those other ones; they deserved it more. Both lost their wives, changed their lives in that War, truly our Greatest Generation. Remember that when asked to sacrifice the precious little we are, for love of country and community.

Strangerdanger Strangerdanger
1 day ago

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