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Inouye Tries Again to Restore Memorial Day Meaning

By May 27, 2007

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"This Memorial Day weekend, Americans honor those who have given their lives in service to our Nation," said President Bush in his May 26 radio address. "As we pay tribute to the brave men and women who died for our freedom, we also honor those who are defending our liberties around the world today." So, will we "pay tribute to the brave men and women" on Monday, or will we pay for burgers, beers and big-screen TVs?

In every session of Congress since 1989, Sen. Daniel Inouye (Hawaii) has introduced bills that would restore the nation's observance of Memorial Day to May 30, and to a single day of solemn remembrance, with closed stores, flags and parades, rather than a three-day "sale-a-bration."

"Mr. President, in our effort to accommodate many Americans by making the last Monday in May, Memorial Day, we have lost sight of the significance of this day to our nation. Instead of using Memorial Day as a time to honor and reflect on the sacrifices made by Americans in combat, many Americans use the day as a celebration of the beginning of summer. My bill would restore Memorial Day to May 30 and authorize our flag to fly at half mast on that day. In addition, this legislation would authorize the President to issue a proclamation designating Memorial Day and Veterans Day as days for prayer and ceremonies honoring American veterans. This legislation would help restore the recognition our veterans deserve for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our nation." - Sen. Daniel Inouye, 1999, Congressional Record, page S621

Once again in the 110th Congress, Sen. Inouye has reintroduced his bill as S.70 - A bill to restore the traditional day of observance of Memorial Day. As in every previous Congress, Inouye's Memorial Day bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it will likely remain without ever being debated on the floor of the Senate. And in a year when U.S. military deaths in the Iraq war have exceeded 3,400, none of his fellow U.S. Senators have chosen to cosponsor Sen. Inouye's bill to restore honor to the observance of Memorial Day.

Also See:
Memorial Day, a Day to Remember Victims of Iraq War (Terrorism Issues)
Iraq War Statistics & Results AS OF MAY 16, 2007 (Liberal Politics)


May 28, 2007 at 11:10 pm
(1) Dennis E Goff says:

Ditto, My father died while in service of our country, one of my best friends, an Undersheriff, died on Memorial Day weekend when his plane crashed while doing search and rescue for a memorial day camper. Wonder if he would still be alive if not for people using the weekend as a time to party and camp. These men and women die so we can enjoy the freedoms to camp and celebrate and we forget the sacrifices given and the sacrifices that will be given. The day has become like CHRISTmas. A chance for sales and the true meaning of the day lost. With gas prices being so high, went and observed my friends obituary again and said a prayer of thanks. Amen.

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