Thursday, May 21, 2009

Memorial Day - a tribute to the freedom fighters

General Order Number 11 of the Grand Army of the Republic was the document that established Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it has been also called, as a nationwide observance. It is appropriate to honor our military heros and their families any time, as demonstrated by the ALS Association during the recent ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetary.
With so many of our military veterans, returned safely to loved ones, only to find themselves under attack from ALS, it is fitting to consider the following passage in the orignal General Order: "...Let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us, a sacred charge upon a nations gratitude the soldiers and sailors widow and orphan."

Please take a few minutes this weekend to recognize and thank (even silently) the men and women who have given their lives to defend and preserve our way of life. Better yet, take action and write to your representatives in Washington, DC. Ask them to support the 2009 Public Policy priorities set by ALSA National. Visit the Advocacy Action Center to learn more.

To read the full text of the General Order...



Amy Whipple said...

Hi Kathie - thank you so much for everything you are doing to support the ALS community! I stumbled upon your blog and wanted to make sure you knew about the work being done by the ALS Therapy Development Institute. You can learn more by registering for our newsletter at Our goal is to find a treatment for patients living with ALS today.

Amy Whipple
Midwest Regional Director

kklichtig said...

Hi Amy!

Thank you so much for your comments and encouragment!