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May 25, 2009


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Thank you for the reminder of what this day is all about. It's easy to forget in our busy lives. My mother and grandmother used to hang the flag on this day religiously and I remember our street being a line of flags on porches. Now I hardly see any flags at all. It would be nice if we could return to some of the traditions that brought meaning to our holidays.


Thank you for this post. A humbling reminder to those of us who take our freedom for granted.

Charles Conlan

Greetings from Montana.
Thanks for the Info.
You bring memories of my traveling days back to life.
Once again, Thanks.

Leigh Shulman

Hi Carmen,

I agree it's important to maintain traditions to recognize Memorial Day and the people it represents. Flags, though, have always felt strange to me, as if they represent some sort of overlord.

I remember pledging allegience to the flag in elementary school, and as a South African girl transplanted to Hershey, PA, I had no idea what was going on.

It would be nice to return to those traditions, but perhaps with a bit more explanation and understanding than what I've experienced in the past.

I wonder what that would look like?

Leigh Shulman

Living outside the US has done more to show me what it means to be a citizen of the United States than anything else.

When I have to pay higher rates on buses in Argentina, or when pulled off a bus in the middle of the night in Panama, it's hard to ignore exactly how much protection we have in the US.

Leigh Shulman

Hi Charles,

Where did you go in your traveling days?

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