Dear Friends and Neighbors
This Monday, May 26th, 2014, Idahoans in cities and towns will honor our veterans by celebrating and solemnly reaffirming a national act of enthusiasm and faith.
We honor those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to secure our Nation’s freedom, we honor them especially on Memorial Day. It is a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms.
In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who served the nation during war. She wrote in her own poem:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
Further, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution of Dec 2000 asks that Americans observe in their own way a unified moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or for listening to ‘Taps.” Taps began as a revision to the military signal for Extinguish Lights (Lights Out) at the end of the day.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Please join me in pausing this Memorial Day at 3 PM local to remember those who have fallen, and to give grateful thanks to our nation’s warriors.
May God bless you, may God bless Idaho, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.
Representative Thyra Stevenson
Blog website: https://thyrastevensonidahohouse.wordpress.com/