Memorial Day Traditions


A bugler plays "Taps" during the fun...

A bugler plays “Taps” during the funeral of Caspar W. Weinberger, 15th secretary of defense, at his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Va. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for Memorial Day. We, the people of the United States of America can preserve the sanctity of the observance by: visiting memorials, flying the United States Flag at half-staff until noon, visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes, flying the ‘POW/MIA Flag’, participating in a “National Moment of Remembrance”: at 3 p.m. to pause and reflect upon the true meaning of the day and for Taps to be played, renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

The most commonly used lyrics for Taps:

Day is done, gone the sun, from the hills, from the lake, from the skies.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Go to sleep, peaceful sleep, may the soldier or sailor, God keep.
on the land or the deep, safe in sleep.
Love, good night, must thou go, when the day, and the night need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all to their rest.
Fades the light; and afar Goeth day, and the stars shineth bright, fare thee well; day has gone, night is on.
Thanks and praise, for our days, ‘neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, ‘neath the sky, as we go, this we know, God is nigh.


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