Information worthy of reflection and personal engagement…I am forwarding a portion of a note from the Veterans Administration:

Perhaps the greatest value of a life is to spend it for something that lives after it. On Memorial Day, we honor and remember more than a million Veterans who lost their lives on our behalf to defend our Nation. We also thank their families who supported them and helped make it possible to have the freedoms we enjoy today.

A little background and history: Just a few years after the Civil War ended, “Decoration Day” was established (originally celebrated on May 30th) with the purpose of decorating the graves with flowers of those who died in war. In 1868, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, the head of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), admonished: “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. … Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” In 1966, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday.

In December 2000, “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” Public Law (P.L.) 106-579, was signed into law, to ensure the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten. As a result of this law, all Americans are encouraged to give something back to our country. Additionally, we are encouraged to pause wherever we are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the Nation. We hope you will join us as we remember and honor our Veterans.

Thank you for sharing in our pursuit to accomplish the mission given us by President Abraham Lincoln “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan”. Today, due to medical advances, more of our Veterans return home, but require great care. Thanks to your support and partnership, we are able to serve the needs of more of these valiant men and women.

As we notice the flowers blooming around us this season, may we be reminded of the sacrifice our Veterans made to secure a better life for each of us.

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Author Note: Many volunteers and veterans in all our towns will be honoring veterans with gravesite flowers this weekend. If you are interested in volunteering to help, please contact your local Veteran Services Officer (usually can be reached at your local town hall.)

– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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