Home Invites Members Groups Events Directories Videos News Photos Blogs Forums Chat
Home > Blogs > Post Content

The 4-1-1: Memorial Day Was Originally Decoration Day (584 hits)

It was called "Decoration Day" to honor those who had died or were injured in service to their country and medals were bestowed to them or family members. Parades and award ceremonies were a way of saluting them. Did you know that?

I stress that fact because too many people forget why we celebrate this day. It's not about a day off from work or heading to a bar-b-que. We have so many "freedoms" that people take for granted. I know I forget that everyone doesn't have freedom of speech or religion. Those are freedoms, I enjoy. I don't have to worry about police standing in front of my church questioning or even arresting me because of my beliefs.

As a writer freedom of speech means even more to me. I am able to challenge ideas or policies in the written word. No harm comes to me. I can share true experiences or life stories to help people learn and heal. We can discuss these ideas in an open forum. There are those who "HATE" rap music, but because of our freedoms it exists. You can't be punished for listening to it.

Today, you need to think about those who sacrificed their lives, so you can live the way you live. America isn't perfect. However, there were those willing to have us NOT live in fear. For that I thank and salute you.
Posted By: Marsha Jones
Monday, May 30th 2011 at 12:11PM
You can also click here to view all posts by this author...

Report obscenity | post comment
Share |
Please Login To Post Comments...

More From This Author
The 4-1-1: GEVA Establishes Essie Calhoun Diversity in the Arts Award
The 4-1-1: Black Girls Anthem Opens April 1st at GEVA Theatre
The 4-1-1: Profile In Courage: Jai Poole's Win Over Temptation
The 4-1-1: Flight to Freedom
The 411: 10NBC's Janet Lomax Celebrates 30 Years In Broadcast News
The 411: African American Radio Pioneer Dies
The 411: Lew Williams Inducted Into Harness Racing Hall of Fame
The 411: Business Profile: Good Knews Photography
Forward This Blog Entry!
Blogs Home

(Advertise Here)
Who's Online
>> more | invite 
Latest Photos
>> more | add
Latest Member Activity
gregory boulware, esq. just posted a blog entitled '~ "valley green's elusive black bear!" ~ '. 11:44AM
thompson daniel just became a new member. 06:31AM
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled 'group giveaway promos'. 05:27PM
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled 'got a new social media partner!'. 06:05PM
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled 'threat nexus-arc'. 11:10AM
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled 'atlanta homicide squad #4'. 09:19PM
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled 'serial rites book trailer'. 05:02PM
kitty arceneaux just joined a new club (authors who speak). 11:20AM
kitty arceneaux just joined a new club (the authorpreneur). 11:20AM
kitty arceneaux just became a new member. 11:15AM
sekinah jackson just became a new member. 07:30AM
cortez law iii just posted a blog entitled 'evil realms book trailer'. 08:43PM
>> more | invite friends