Sunday, May 24, 2009

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Every last Monday in May we remember our fallen heroes, our soldiers who died in the service of this great Nation.

It has been said, that this noble tradition began unofficially during the Civil War, but was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General Juan Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his general order No.11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed in the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

A day doesn't seem like enough to remember our fallen soldiers, who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. Lets remember them everyday.

This morning on CNN there was an interview of Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton. She was there to talk about a site called Real Warriors. It is a place on the internet dedicated to returning soldiers suffering from PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While for the civilians, a war is over, for a soldier who bears the physical and emotional scars of war, the battle rages on for the rest of their lives. This site has lots of information and resourses for veterans, including among otheres, articles on the signs of Combat Stress, reintegrating into civilian life, medical information, phone numbers for suicide prevention hotline, and a Live Chat.

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