Monday, May 27, 2013

HAPPY Memorial Day :) Formerly known as Decoration Day

On Memorial Day, all Americans should think about the sacrifices made by military service members, their spouses, and their children.  Instead, many Americans spend it as a day off of work, having a barbecue or watching baseball games. 

"Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans."

So once again Memorial Day is designated as a day of remembrance, where no one should forget that those who died were individuals who will no longer be able to celebrate a birthday, an accomplishment, or a special family event.  On this somber day, people need to take a moment out of their lives and think about the ultimate sacrifice made by those who have served so Americans can maintain their lifestyles.

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