Today, Monday, May 28, 2007, is Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the one day each year that we honor and remember all of the Servicemen and Servicewomen who served in the Air Force, Army, Cost Guard, Marines, Navy and Special Forces who gave their lives for the defense of this Country and our Constitution.
Unfortunately, it’s a day that not many people care about, that is of course if you don’t count the Department and Electronics Stores sales. How many people attended the Memorial Service in Ridgewood today? For those of you that didn’t know, yes, there was a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM in town and the attendance was sparse at best. In contrast, the attendance at the Fred D’elia Run was quite good and a quick ride on Route 17 and Route 4 after the Memorial Service found most parking lots in the Malls quite busy and nearly full. What does this say about our citizens? Simply stated, it shows that most people really don’t appreciate or care about the sacrifice, which has been given by so many others, so that all of us can enjoy the freedoms we have. This could only be described as not very patriotic…. in my opinion.
Which brings me to this blog. Why is it that when there is something controversial or critical of the Village it is not only posted within minutes of the event but in many cases it is posted with pictures. However, when the Village Residents and the members of the Village Council do something noteworthy, such as attending a Memorial Service dedicated to the men and women who gave the supreme sacrifice, we have not a single photo of this service and not a mention of what this day is about on this blog! No mention is made on this blog about the Ridgewood High School student, Eagle Scout candidate, who for the last three years played taps at this service and the wonderful speech he made today. Also, no mention about the U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who has been overseas in various theaters of operations and his speech or the Ridgewood High School band which played various songs and did a terrific job.
I can not help but notice pjblogger62 that you stand in front of an American Flag in your blog photo, obviously to show your patriotism. I can’t help but wonder where you were today…..didn’t see you or any of the Hitmen for your Blog at this Memorial Service. Apparently this event wasn’t controversial enough for you or your blog. Or could it be that you didn’t feel that this would be worthwhile putting on the Ridgewood Blog because it isn’t something controversial, thereby NOT generating more “hits” for your Blog, which could possibly increase your Blog revenue? Being patriotic is more than standing in front of a flag.
Just my thoughts……
Your friendly Village Idiot
A Proud Patriotic U.S Army Veteran