Today is Memorial Day. A day for silent prayers and warm remembrance. On this day we honor our heroes and warriors, American men and women who died in military service to their country. It was started to honor Union soldiers who died during the Civil War, but now includes those who died in any war or military action.
Memorial Day is not limited to honor only those Americans from the armed forces. It is also a day for personal remembrance. Memorial Day is a time to honor those who gave their lives for our country and to remember loved ones we have lost. Memorial Day is a great day to spend reading your family history and learning about your ancestors, especially those who died in the line of battle.
Memorial Day is meant to be a solemn occasion, a uniquely military holiday – the only one that honors fallen soldiers. But since the first one on May 30, 1868, a little after the Civil War (then known as “Decoration Day”) when flowers were placed on the graves of soldiers from both the North and the South, Memorial Day’s quiet reverence has slowly been lost to the noise of commerce and the American pursuit of recreation.
Talk to your children and grand children about what the day is about. Don’t glorify war, but give the veterans of wars the glory they deserve and earned, some of them with their lives. Consider it a teachable moment, should you be a parent or grand parent, an opportunity to explain to your children and grand children what freedom and liberty really mean. Explain to them that declared independence brought with it a need for the loyalty of patriots willing to die so that we could reap the benefits of their dedication.
Memorial Day is a time to pause and reflect on those who have paid the ultimate price in the service of our great country. Unfortunately, too many Americans view it as the first long weekend of summer.
Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation’s thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country. Memorial Day is a day to remember. Too often we go about our daily lives never giving any thought to why we are able to enjoy all the liberties that we do.
Today is for those service members/veterans who can only be “remembered” because they are no longer with us. Today they are honored with the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, and by religious services, parades, and speeches nationwide. Flags, insignia, and flowers are placed on the graves of veterans in local cemeteries. Memorial Day is when we, wear our poppies, fly our Flags and place flowers and flags on the graves of Military Personnel. We all need to take time to remember the Human sacrifice it has taken to establish and maintain this great Nation of ours … America.
Memorial Day is a solemn and sacred day. We need to remember with sincere respect those who paid the price for our freedoms. I sincerely hope people are grateful and thankful for what our military men and women have done for us. Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and observance of the brave men and women who have served (and continue to serve) our country today and throughout the years.
We, in the Western World, sometimes take for granted the lifestyle we have, the democracy, the freedom. Memorial Day is a day of honoring sacrifice, but specifically the ultimate sacrifice that too many of our men and women of service have had to make. I want people, especially our veterans, to know that the nobility and value of such a day is not totally lost on this generation of privilege.
How do you spend the day?
Do you pause for a moment of silence?