Growing up we learned in school the meaning behind memorial day. It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.
Over the years, as we have grown and started our own lives, some made the choice to go into the military while others know at least one person who has either been in the military or is currently in the military, whether it is your mom, dad, brother, sister, niece, nephew, neighbor or friend.
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. This is a day to remember those who have died in military service for the United States.
Most working people have Monday off in observance of the holiday. (No, it’s not just about camping, barbecuing, drinking beer or whatever your family has made a tradition on this holiday) Take a moment, stop at a cemetery, just take a moment and embrace what this holiday means.
I hope that you and/or your family will take a moment of silence or a short prayer, spend a moment to appreciate the lives that were given so that we can live free. I hope that everyone has a wonderful 3 day weekend!