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A Special Way You Can Touch the Heart of a Soldier for Memorial Day!

When many think of Memorial Day as a day of fun, barbecues and shopping sales- we have to remember what this important day is all about. Memorial Day is a day of reflection and remembering all the men and women who died fighting for our country and for our rights. It started right after the Civil War in 1868. Since our country’s founding, over 1 million people have passed away in service. Make sure to tell your parents to hang their flag if they haven’t already done so! If you want to take an active part in honoring the men who currently serve in the military and fight for our freedom, you can send them a personalized letter with your name and they will write you back. They will be so touched to get a letter from you! How are you spending Memorial Day?

“Be strong and of good courage: Do not be afraid , nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by KayMZ on January 15, 2013 at 10:49

    My dad’s a soldier. He’s been deployed three times in my 17 years. My blood writhes every time I see a movie where the Army is protrayed as “The Evil Establishment,” and I punch the wall, frequently, when I read/hear/see people trashing soldiers for no better reason than that they are soldiers. Are some soldiers jerks and evil men? Yes. But being a soldier does not make you an evil man. My father is a soldier. My mother was a soldier. My grandfather was a soldier. My fiance is a soldier. Face threats yourself before attacking soldiers for defending you.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by mc1207 on June 7, 2012 at 01:00

    I’m sorry but wasn’t it Jesus, our savior, who told us to LOVE our enemies (and to turn the other cheek)? I am sorry but I don’t believe in war at all. God bless the soldiers. I pray they put down their weapons and love their brothers and sisters no matter what nationality they are, American or not! We are ALL children of God! We were ALL innocent children, and the apple of our mother’s eye at one point! And even if our earthly parents don’t love us, GOD LOVES ALL HIS CHILDREN NO MATTER WHAT!

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Merissa on May 28, 2012 at 09:54

    My family just “adopted” a soldier! Thank you so much for sharing. God bless!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by bri on May 28, 2012 at 07:13

    “If you want to take an active part in honoring the men who currently serve..” — There are also WOMEN who are serving – who have died and lost limbs to fight for YOUR freedoms. Don’t forget about them. They sacrifice just as much as anyone else does who serves so I think it’s rude you only say “men.” Also – Memorial Day is not to honor those still alive. It’s to honor those who died. I’m a former soldier so I know. Don’t think I’m just talking out of my… about it.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ForeverForgivenJ14 on September 24, 2012 at 17:08

      Usually, “men” is used as a general term for both men and woMEN. I mean absolutely no disrespect and don’t mean to sound rude at all, I just thought I would say it. 🙂

  5. Paris

    Posted by Paris on May 24, 2012 at 10:17

    I will post Happy Memorial Day on my uncle’s facebook page. He is in the army.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by bri on May 28, 2012 at 07:27

      I would just say “thinking of you” on Memorial Day. It’s not very “happy.” Also, I’d ask him if he knew anyone he served with who died and might want you to highlight their sacrifice. Just a thought.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on May 23, 2012 at 13:19

    My Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, sister, and I have this tradition where on Memorial Day weekend, we go to the place where all the soldiers were buried and we look for my Great Grandpas’ grave along with a few other friends of my family. Then, we just hang out and they tell me stories about them, because I never met any of them.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by AvatarAang on May 23, 2012 at 11:52

    Awesome!! This has inspired me!!!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by poochker on May 22, 2012 at 12:00

    Hey Nicole, I totally trust you, but just to make sure, why do we have to put in our city and full name and age for the soldiers?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by bri on May 28, 2012 at 07:26

      Because you can’t send anything anonymous to servicemembers overseas. It’s for our security – mostly it was for things sent via the mail. I’m not exactly sure how it works but if this has you sign up and then you write letters, well you know there used to be all those anthrax attacks and such via the mail? I think that’s the main reason why they don’t want anything anonymous. Also it might be helpful for the soldier to know the age of the person they are talking to and how to talk to that person.

      Why would you not send your real name and age? What if the soldier wanted to come to your school and talk or something? I had a group of third graders write me and on my leave I went and talked to them. It’s not like any of us are pedophiles or something (they kick those people out if they catch them in the Army).

    • Posted by Nicole on May 23, 2012 at 22:27

      that website is not affiliated with mine, and I just know about that to help send a letter to them. I guess you just have to click through the website and see? It’s totally legitimate though. And you don’t need to include that if you don’t want too I’m pretty sure. You can just send a letter and not put your age or real name! Hope I helped!

  9. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on May 22, 2012 at 10:53

    one of the men from my church is leaving to serve in the Air Force,and he leaves next Wedsday,keep him in prayers,his Name is Mr.Kevin,and he is a good friend of my family’s

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by Christ4life on May 22, 2012 at 10:49

    no offense to america, but how can you say fight for ”our freedom” when no one is actually attacking america….. America actually attacked Irak/Afghanistan for OIL, and brainwashed people into thinking that muslims are attacking the USA and sending innocent men to die for a lot of money…. i dont see anything honoring in that, sorry.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by bri on May 28, 2012 at 07:18

      No “offense” “Christ4life” but have you served? Do you know anyone who has? Did you forget about something called 9/11? We WERE attacked. Not by Iraq no – but that was done to stop Saddam before he could use his weapons (oh he did actually have WMDs. He had tons of chemical weapons). Also we went to Afghanistan because they were HIDING bin Laden. It’s not entirely our fault he got away (blame the liberal news media for that one for telling the world we were tracking his phone).

      No all Muslims are not attacking the US – just EXTREMISTS attacked us. But we were attacked – otherwise please explain to the families of those lost 9/11 where their family members went.

      Also if we went there for oil – why are gas prices still super high? Are you dense? Iraq AND Afghanistan are having an oil crisis themselves. I was in Iraq – I saw the lines of people out into the highway trying to get some gas.

      You can go f&*# yourself about not honoring the men and women who have died in the last 11 years. We VOLUNTEERED for this job so people like YOU don’t have to. Man people like you tick me off. If I could still serve I would be.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by bri on May 31, 2012 at 18:02

        Sweetchild – You can have opinions – but at least do some research and KNOW what you’re talking about before you spout it out there.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Sweetchild on May 28, 2012 at 15:17

        I apologize for offending you. I will keep my opinion to myself. I am sorry for being disrespectful Bri.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Sweetchild on May 25, 2012 at 05:04

      I agree. No one is harming us, but we sure are harming others for oil, diamonds, and other natural resources that we don’t have.I want to honor those innocent children in those countries who had to suffer for “our freedom.”

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by bri on May 28, 2012 at 07:20

        Are you even American? If not then no American servicemembers are not fighting for YOU. But you know what gets me? ANY TIME a country needs help, who do they call? Who gets asked “Please, help us!” – That’s right AMERICA! We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t. Nothing is ever good enough.

        What have you done for those “innocent children” in third world countries? Nothing I bet. Get off your soap box and actually do something. I can’t stand Nicole but at least she stands up for what she believes in (misguided as it may be).

  11. Posted by on June 13, 2011 at 07:39

    My daddy died on Memorial Day, saving my brother from drowning. And he was a Colonel in the US Army, and VetCom Commander. I believe it was the most honorable way for Daddy to go home, and on the most honorable day.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Annie on May 22, 2012 at 13:18

      wow I’m so sorry. I think it was very honorable too!

    • Posted by Nicole on June 13, 2011 at 20:13

      wow. I’m at a loss for words how much of a hero your father is. You’re completely right, he is in Heaven now watching over you!

  12. Posted by Nicole on May 30, 2011 at 23:25

    Hey Kayla- you are very important to me, thank you so much for your kind words. I promise to keep inspiring you every day, and through our magazine too! All you have to do is click on that link and enter your email address and write a short note and they will send it for you! I’m going to do it too. Think of their lives out there and how happy they’ll be to receive our notes!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by bri on May 28, 2012 at 07:14

      Actually…not really. You’d be surprised how many of those get ignored. Just fyi.

  13. Posted by on May 30, 2011 at 17:17

    I can’t imagine how hard it is for them to go out and risk thier lives for us….How un-self centered! I think that it’s THEM who sould be the rolemodels in life.

  14. Posted by on May 30, 2011 at 12:53

    this is so cool i never knew you could send a personalized letter to a soldier could you tell me how to do this is there a certain website or something? sometimes i forget why we celebrate memorial thank you for writing this article and reminding me!! i just wanted to let you also know that each and everyone of your articles touches me and helps me, thank you for making this website i go on it everyday it truly helps me in my everyday life