May 25, 2018
On the last Monday in May, Americans have, for the last 142 years, dedicated this day to the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country – who gave their life in service to each of us. Unlike other days when the flag is flown at half-staff, at noon the flag will be raised to the top of the flag pole. At noon, the memory of those who died will be raised by each of us – the living – who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
In 1924, Congress codified this Army tradition into U.S. Code Title 4, Section 6, with the proclamation: “For the nation lives, and the flag is a symbol of illumination.” It was through this proclamation that the noon flag raising became the symbol of persistence of the nation in the face of loss.
Our job as citizens of this great nation is to not only remember those who fell in places either well-known or long forgotten, but to embrace our persistent march forward.
Speaking about the lost generation immediately after the First World War, Hemingway once remarked, “those of us alive have a duty to those who are no longer here. Our duty is to never miss an opportunity to fight, to drink, to laugh and love. Not just for ourselves, but for those who can longer do those things. Our duty is to honor them by living for them. “
President Kennedy once said, “as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Through your continued support you not only expressed your gratitude towards Maine’s Veterans, you made an investment in their continued success.
This Memorial Day, when the flag is raised to the top of the flag pole at noon let us celebrate and live our best lives for them. At noon, let us each raise the memory of those who died for us, let us resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, let us rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Sr. Director of Development
Easterseals NH, VT, ME