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Memorial Day – Honoring Our Armed Forces, Remembering Our Heritage!

Memorial Day – Honoring Our Armed Forces, Remembering Our Heritage!

May 15, 2012 By King Relocation


Memorial Day - Honoring Our Armed Forces, Remembering Our Heritage!

Across the country, the month of May is known for its bright blue skies, blooming flowers and warm temperatures. For many, May heralds the start of a summer social season that includes backyard barbeques, baby showers, weddings and family reunions. May is also the time that we remember, through Memorial Day, the sacrifices that the valiant men and women in uniform have made to ensure that we continue to live in the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

The tradition known today as Memorial Day began after the American Civil War as Decoration Day to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. Across the South, women’s organizations and school children would decorate Confederate graves in Richmond, Gettysburg, and other cities where soldiers had fallen. Each region had its own date, but generally these activities took place during the month of May.

By the 20th Century, Decoration Day had become Memorial Day in order to honor Americans who had died in all wars fought on both U.S. and foreign soil. Today, Memorial Day is a time to not only remember those who have fought bravely for our Country, but also deceased family members, regardless of whether they served in the Armed Forces. Annual Decoration Days are still held during the spring and summer months at some cemeteries throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southern United States. People will gather with family members to place flags, flowers and other decorations on the gravesites of their relatives and ancestors. Often, there will be a religious service and a potluck meal.

Today, Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, which generally culminates around Labor Day weekend in September. People generally head to the beach and parks for family gatherings, picnics and fireworks, or to the mall for some serious retail therapy. Auto racing enthusiasts are generally tuned into the Indianapolis 500, which has taken place every Memorial Day weekend since 1911.

However you decide to spend your Memorial Day weekend, don’t forget to give thanks to the men and women you know who are currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces. This is a great time to both reflect on what it means to serve our country in uniform, and remember those who have come before us.

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