Memorial Day - 2012

Submitted by ub on Mon, 05/28/2012 - 09:40

Memorial Day is not an excuse for shopping, or vacationing during a three-day weekend.

Memorial Day is a time to honor those citizens who've served the United States in times of war.

By utilizing The Internet, City Island Images searched for the most appropriate words to celebrate Memorial Day. This historic speech was delivered in Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863 by one of our most popular US Presidents.

" Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Many will honor US fallen heroes with parades being organized all over country.

In New York City, many will enjoy the annual City Island Parade in The Bronx. The parade will head down City Island avenue and may also be viewed online, via City Island Images by clicking the following link:

Little Neck–Douglaston Parade in Queens is reportedly the largest of its kind.

You may also wish to consider attending Brooklyn's Memorial Day Parade, which is 145 years old!. It begins at Third Avenue and 87th Street.

In Manhattan, head uptown for a smaller parade in Inwood that begins at Broadway and Dyckman Street.