Sunday, May 30, 2010

Nodler: Reflecting on Memorial Day

In his latest report, Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, a candidate for Seventh District Congress, reflects on Memorial Day:

On May 31, many families will gather for picnics, barbeques, and other celebrations of summer, but it is important that we remember the reason for Memorial Day — to reflect and be thankful for the sacrifices of our service men and women.  The day is set aside to recognize our fallen heroes and keep their memories strong. 
Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and was first called Decoration Day.  May 30, 1868 marked the first celebration of Decoration Day, which was designed to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers.  This first observance included the participation of 5,000 individuals, who decorated the graves of 20,000 soldiers with flowers and ribbons.
Communities throughout the nation continued to take the time to observe Decoration Day, holding ceremonies and taking time to honor their fallen heroes.  In 1917, the United States first joined the global stage when President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany in order to “...make the world safe for democracy, and fight this war to end all wars.”  America lost more than 130,000 soldiers, and the nation’s shared loss led communities to set time aside to honor all of those who had died in all of America’s wars.  Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. 
Memorial Day is set aside to recognize the fallen service men and women of every generation, from the earliest fighters to those who are serving today.  It is our most solemn holiday, one designed to give us the opportunity to reflect on those who gave everything to protect our freedom.  All across America, people gather to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for their nation’s freedom. 
I hope you will join me this Memorial Day to take the time to remember the service men and women who do not return home to their families, as well as supporting our troops who are fighting today. 


InfoHedon said...

What is this “freedom” that we’re fighting for? Unfortunately, this term seems to be used to have us send troops to foreign lands without question. Given the consequences, perhaps we should use more scrutiny when our government tells us we are fighting for “freedom.”

Perhaps we should question the way we look at war this memorial day:

Roger Young said...

It is truly moving to have so dedicated an American as Gary Nodler wish a fervent "Bully for You" to our service men and women, past and present. Especially when we consider his own service record: what was that, by the way? Did he lead Marines ashore in Desert Storm? Did he defend a village in Serbia from ruthless warlords? What was it, exactly, that he did to serve?

Anonymous said...

Two very important National Guard Units are located in Southwest Missouri. Thousands of men and women have served in active duty and then in these Guard Units. Today, these well-trained service members are called upon to go to points throughout the world.

Are you mocking their service Roger Young?

Please join some of us for coffee at the cafe in Pierce City any day of the week at about 1:00 p.m. Several of our 70+ years-old crowd would like to visit with you.

As far as Nodler goes, he served in the Army and then the Reserve Unit in Joplin. And, in the Missouri Senate he was recognized by the Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations as the legislator of the year as he watched after veterans affairs for all of us.

Now, please take the time to share your service record with us. And, thank you in advance for serving our nation.