DEAR ABBY: When I asked a group of schoolchildren what Memorial Day meant to them, they replied, "That's the day the pools open!" Too many older Americans would have similar responses. There can be no argument that we, as a nation, need to refresh our memories and put "memorial" back into Memorial Day.
We must never forget who we are memorializing and inform each coming generation that since the birth of our nation, more than 1 million men and women have died to ensure our freedom.
I ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance, established by Congress to recognize, honor and memorialize all those who have given their lives in service to our country throughout our history. They were someone's father, mother, son, daughter, sister, brother, other relative or friend. Their families are also casualties of war, for their loss is the most enduring sacrifice.
Abby, please urge our fellow Americans to live honoring America's fallen. As long as they are remembered they are never gone. -- CARMELLA LA SPADA, DIRECTOR, WHITE HOUSE COMMISSION ON REMEMBRANCE
DEAR CARMELLA: Thank you for your timely and heartfelt letter. I'm pleased to pass along your message. Readers, wherever you may be tomorrow on Memorial Day -- even if it's the swimming pool -- please take a moment and pause at 3 p.m. (local time) and think about those who died to preserve our liberties. Do something for your country in their blessed memory, even if it is only taking a moment to appreciate their courage and sacrifice for us.