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Acts of Service: Honoring This Nation’s Warriors, the Fallen and Those Fighting On


By Elizabeth Dallam-Ayoub and Patrice Johnson | May 30, 2024

 

Reflection is good for the soul, as they saying goes. It is worthy of reflecting on the fact (below) that for more than 100 years, May 30 (today) was the actual Memorial Day. All weekend and today across this great state, Michigan Fair Elections volunteers mourn and pay tribute to the sacrifice of the more than 1,291,607 of America’s sons and daughters who died as soldiers—all so that each of us and people in other nations could live free. MFE volunteers, while living, are providing daily acts of service in the battle for honest and fair elections. With the presidential election only a few months away, MFE’s communications team asked volunteers two questions:


 “What would you LIKE to do this summer?” and “What WILL you do this summer?”

Below are some of the responses:


I would like to spend time with my grandchildren and finish a workbench with drawers for my workshop. Working behind the scenes with the MFE communications and leadership teams and encouraging my friends and neighbors to get out to vote will take much of the summer. –B.H.


I plan on working on removing as many illegitimate registrations from the voter rolls as I can and getting my certification to be an election worker in the fall.  – A.D.


I would like to finish reading my list of “must read” books sitting by the beach enjoying the warmth and sunshine. What I will be doing is anything that my election integrity group needs me to do. My contribution to our great country is nothing like those who fought for freedom before me, and I am humbled by their sacrifice. – E.A.


I would like to finish my second book, enjoy casual picnics, bicycle rides, and campouts with family. What I will be doing is writing articles for MFE, encouraging infrequent voters to vote, and spending hours on project planning and video calls.—P.J.


I would like to finish my landscaping and catch up with my lengthening reading list.  I will be working the polls, cleaning up the voter rolls, attending school board meetings and engaging people to vote early. – J.S.


I plan to help remove dead voters from my jurisdiction and also in Detroit. And working on investigating non-governmental organizations that have become involved in Michigan’s elections.  – M.F.V.


I would like to make new mosquito-net curtains for my summer gazebo so I can sit outside in the evenings sipping a Gin & Tonic. What I will do is plan and execute monthly neighborhood get-togethers to inform, educate, and bring HOPE in a critical election integrity year; knock on local doors to remind people to get out and vote; recruit more Soles to the Rolls volunteers. No rest for dedicated election integrity warriors working to save our Constitutional Republic. – D.D. 


After remembering those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy the freedoms we have today, I intend on doing whatever it takes to have fair elections in 2024 so that We the People can secure our freedoms for the future. This includes door knocking all summer and fall to help clean the voter rolls, inform and motivate low propensity voters to show up at the polls, and to support candidates that will maintain their allegiance to the Constitution and their constituents.”  J. I.


I would like to sit in a hammock and read a good book instead I will continue working to clean my township voter rolls and researching our counties oldest residents for potential death and flagging them in CheckMyVote.org – M.W.


I would like to travel to see my twin granddaughters. Instead I will be helping my county clean its voter rolls. – M.H.

 

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Today: The Real Memorial Day


Since 1868 and for more than 100 years, today (May 30) was Memorial Day. Then in 1971, Congress changed Memorial Day to a Federal holiday on the last Monday of the month. Memorial Day became a three-day weekend and federal workers gained a paid holiday.


To guarantee that the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed into law the National Moment of Remembrance Act in 2000. People across the nation pause “wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.”


According to Military.com more than 1,291,607 of America’s sons and daughters have died as soldiers, so that each of us and people in other nations could live free. These soldiers died in:

  • The Korean War to free Koreans from the ravages of Chinese communism seeking global domination;

  • World WaII to free Europe from Nazi German expansion and defend the United States from Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and Alaska;  

  • World War I to defend Great Britain, the United States, France, Russia, and Italy from the encroachment of Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire seeking global domination;

  • The Civil War to free slaves and unite the nation; and

  • The Revolutionary War to free the young America from England’s control of its ports and harbors and from the dictates of the King of England and England’s ownership of the land upon which we now reside and to whom our ancestors formerly paid taxes to England.


So, for any who missed the moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, today at 3 PM is an opportunity to make up the time.


Reflection may be good for the soul, but acts of gratitude are good for our families, our communities, and our great nation. Thank you to those who fell in service to this nation, and thank you those who stand tall and fight on today.


       

Service to the nation and to freedom: It’s what life in this free nation all about. We recognize that every day MFE is blessed by the diligent efforts of our network of patriots, concerned citizens, and supporters like you. Upon sacrifice this nation was built, and only upon continued sacrifice will it endure.   


 

Learn how We The People can win back and secure OUR Future.


Join us Today, May 30 at 12 PM for

MFE's Coalition Task Force Meeting


To attend this meeting, use the Registration link below . It changes weekly.


After registering, you will receive an email with details on how to join the meeting.



Note: Representatives of the media are allowed in our meetings only with prior permission.

 

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The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the authors and do not reflect the official position of the Michigan Fair Elections. Every article written by an MFE author is generated by the author or editor alone. Links embedded within the article, however, may have been generated by artificial intelligence.

 

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