Friday, May 23, 2008
What Does Memorial Day Mean For You?
What does Memorial Day mean for you? A 3 day weekend to relax and barbeque and be with family and friends? Especially since the gas prices are at a all time high, who wants to go anywhere. Do you hang out in the malls, do a little shopping that day? Perhaps see a movie like Indiana Jones that is out this weekend? It always feels great to enjoy that extra day off to relax and do what you want, but for some people, this holiday is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. A day to reflect how their lives have impacted our lives today. Freedom isn't free and someone had to die to have the freedoms we have today.
Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.
My father served in the Korean War and every time I try to ask questions about him serving, he never really liked talking about it. He was a young adult at the time, and seen horrible things and seen many of his fellow soldiers die. I have a uncle that received the Silver Star during Vietnam and to this day, that war has still affects him.
Did you know:
That Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Did you know :
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
So take some time out and remember the fallen soldiers that have given their lives for this country.
Happy Memorial Day