Sunday, May 07, 2006
New Logo For Memorial Day
I changed out the site logo from "beachy" to Memorial Day, to remember those, past and present, who have given their lives to keep the rest of us safe.
While I know the history of Memorial Day, I've always thought of it as much more than a military observance. It is a day to remember and acknowledge heroism in all its forms.
Because there have always been heroes in our midst.
Not all battles are fought with bullets, and not all heroes are found on the battlefield. Many heroes have never even served in the military, but they are bona fide heroes nonetheless. Most of them don't have chests full of medals or monuments erected to them. History does not even record the names of most of them.
After 9/11, and again after Katrina, people came to understand that heroism takes many forms. More than just the Military or Safety Services folks, heroes could be found in every walk of life.
Some heroes are nurses in neonatal intensive care units, and some are in volunteer fire departments. Some are writers and artists who brought attention to injustice, poverty, and man's inhumanity toward others, and, by doing so, helped people to live more freely. Some
are clergypersons who know it is not enough to simply preach about glory in the Hereafter, it is possible (and necessary) to be a positive presence in the Here and Now.
And some are simply unremarkable Ordinary Joes and Janes who stepped forward one day to do the right thing when doing nothing would have been easier.
Honor the heroes in your life this Memorial Day.
The center photo is a double exposure of 2 images shot at the
WWII Memorial in DC.
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