Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day: Take a Break and Remember

You were out and about at dawn this morning. You watered your growing veggies and weeded a lily bed. But now the sun’s getting hot—really hot. The forecast calls for 92° F. It’s time to take a break—and celebrate Memorial Day.

When was the last time you watched the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery? When you were on your high school senior trip—or relatives were visiting?

What were you thinking as you watched? Why do the soldiers do what they do? How do they do everything exactly the same?

Your questions are about to be answered—and many more questions, such as how a guard gets his or her shoes to shine so perfectly? And why do old soldiers go there in wheelchairs, “pushing down on their armrests, trying with all their trembling might to stand”?

Washington Post reporter Sarah Kaufman goes behind the scenes and in a holiday feature article tells a story you’ll long remember. The title in Saturday’s print edition was “Dance of the sentinels.” The online posting contains a short video, which is good, but the article is so much better. If you want to read the article without all the obnoxious ads, click on the print icon, and you’ll see just the text.

After you’ve read, pause to remember those who serve and have served our nation—and your loved ones too.

It’s time to celebrate, to remember. CLICK HERE.

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