This morning, I was reminiscing about the parades my parents took me to on Memorial Day. I remember sitting on the Lake Street curbside in River Forest, Illinois listening to the school and military marching bands, standing up and placing my hand over my heart when the American Flag passed by and watching the World War I WWI, World War II WWII and Korean Conflict veterans proudly march past us.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.
While thinking about writing my Weekly Orange Brain Color Clue, which would be the final May Teenage Brain post about the Orange Brainers, I thought about all the teenagers (and adults) who have served in the military. The young men and women who have bravely served our country in the past and continue to serve today.
It was during the War of 1812 that our national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” was born. It was poem written by Frances Scott Key in 1814. Then, on July 27, 1889, General Order #374 was signed by Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Tracy making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the official tune to be played when the American flag was raise.
The closing anthem lyrics “Land of the free and the home of the brave.” exemplify the Orange Brainer attributes and abilities of Courage and Risk-Taking.
I am grateful for the blessings of freedom and the opportunity to honor our brave American service men and women!
Sheila Glazov ~ Author ~ Speaker ~ Educator
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