Today is Memorial Day in the United States, so we here at MacTrast will be spending the day with our family and friends, enjoying the holiday, and remembering and honoring those who gave their lives in defense of our country.
“Earlier today, with the music that we have heard and that of our National Anthem – I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.”
– President Ronald Reagan
We thank all of our service men and women for all they’ve done to protect their country, and will never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives so that we all may live.
“So to the indifferent inquirer who asks why Memorial Day is still kept up we may answer, it celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith. It embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiam and faith is the condition of acting greatly.”
“But grief is not the end of all. I seem to hear the funeral march become a paean. I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death – of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr
MacTrast news and reviews will return tomorrow at full strength, Happy Memorial Day everyone!