Memorial Day is this coming Monday! Hundreds of thousands of flowers, wreaths and flags will adorn the graves of our military men and women who died to protect American freedom. For this reason, we interrupt our typical blogging topics relating to personal injury law, and bring you our thoughts on Memorial Day 2017.
Memorial Day: The Truth behind the Holiday
At Metts Legal, we additionally realize that Memorial Day week-end marks the beginning of the summer holiday. Family, fun and food will be the orders of the day. Americans will flock to picnics, parties, theme parks, water parks, and outdoor activities of all types. Travel is a great part of this holiday. Traffic is a noteworthy danger of the Memorial Day Week-end.
We quote for AAA Travel: “AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day Week-end travel volume since 2005.”
And, fellow Floridians, what city is projected to have the largest influx of Memorial Day Week-end visitors and travelers? Just Guess! A recent report claimed Orlando! “Get ready to welcome a whole lot of tourists this weekend as Orlando tops AAA’s destination list for the Memorial Day weekend. Orlando beat London, Las Vegas and New York for what’s turning out to be a robust travel weekend.”
So, in addition to the major patriotic message of this blog, we urge you to drive with extra care and attention during this dangerous time. We don’t want you to become one of our personal injury settlement cases. According to the National Safety Council an average of 364 people have died in USA traffic accidents each year for the past six years, during the Memorial Day Three Day Holiday. That is a terrifying statistic, so Metts Legal urges you to, please, take extra care as you drive on our country’s high-ways and by-ways this year.
Memorial Day: Have the Fun But Keep the Heart!
That number represents a great deal of family and friends who will be enjoying outings, parties and get-togethers. In view of the festivities, Metts Legal fears we as Americans might lose the true meaning of the holiday. We feel we should not overlook the real purpose of this holiday. While there is nothing wrong with enjoying the holiday spirit of the week-end, there is also a need to show reverence and honor to the soldiers.
It is stunning to think about the massive number of military who gave their last breath in the performance of their duty—and yes, it’s sad. If you don’t have time to put a flower on a soldier’s grave, we ask that you just take a moment to recognize our military who have passed away. They are our heroes, and we should hold them in our hearts.
Making Memorial Day Meaningful
So Metts Legal invites you to vow, to pause at some time in the celebration our new summer 2017 lives, to recognize their deaths. How much do you know about the real truth behind Memorial Day? There is a story behind the selection of this holiday for national observance. Therefore you can check out the history of the Memorial Day tradition at this informative source!
Metts Legal hopes you will read up on the red, white and blue holiday, and share its traditions your children. Another great resource on the Internet for more information is a beautiful tribute by Pinterest.
Memorial Day: Metts Legal Makes A Proclamation
We believe that the gratitude we hold for our military dead should last longer than a week-end. Therefore, and with no real authority, we declare this entire week belongs to honoring our fallen military men and women. No, that does not mean we can get you off work for all those days! However, our declaration does give you more dedicated quiet time to honor our fallen heroes after friends and relatives have all returned home.
Although, like you, we plan family fun and joyous outings, we hope we will remember to pause a moment for our military dead–with a bowed head, quiet heart, and in the still and silent applause of our gratitude.
Ronald Reagan’s Memorial Day Message
In closing, Metts brings you words quoted from an inspiring Memorial Day 1982 speech given by former president, Ronald Reagan, as he spoke of our fallen military at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:
“Yet, we must try to honor them—not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.
Then he added, “Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we—in a less final, less heroic way—be willing to give of ourselves.”