May 26th, 2009
02:20 PM ET

Remembering what it's about

Jami Floyd
AC360° Contributor and In Session anchor

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/26/arlington-cemetary-memorialday-09.jpg caption="A soldier sits at a grave in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day"]

Another Memorial Day has come and gone: Cookouts, baseball games and parades. And that’s okay; but let’s not forget the real purpose of the day: To remember the men and women of our armed services who have died at war.

At Arlington National Cemetery, soldiers, sailors and marines from the U.S. Army Old Guard placed flags at the grave stones there. It took thirteen hundred soldiers three hours to place a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones.

Thousands of visitors paid their respects, not only at Arlington, but at the Long Island National Cemetery, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, in Honolulu, and of course at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., and all across the country.


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. RoseParvin

    It is all about stopping the rat race in the rat maze as I have been trying to do by putting my foot on the bread to awaken the deadspirited and sleep walkers to let them know that we are missing so much when we live in the absence of compassoin and love for one antoher and before we know it our loved one's are gone because they wanted to protect us and ye we did not do much to proetect them by preventive means and patterns that makes this world a world without war and violence and death not ever coming prematurely before god calls us to go and join him!We are responsible on earth to make it the haven it must be before we dare to dream of the haven in my father's house and many mansions I am trying to build for you down here on earth! For you to get used to haven you must be godlike and make it here!

    May 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  2. Geoff

    It should be the highest of a citizens responsibility to recognize that the right to yep our yap has had and will have the highest of cost, the blood of those who served.

    May 26, 2009 at 7:57 pm |
  3. Janine from PA.

    I turned on the TV yesterday just before 3pm to see if any of the news channels would show a moment of silence at 3. I'd like to compliment CNN as being the only channel that showed the respect thar our fallen soldiers deserve.

    May 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm |