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Honoring Our Fallen Heroes
As we prepare for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, let us pause to remember what this holiday truly is about. While we all welcome the opportunity for extra time off from work, burgers on the grill, warm weather, and time spent relaxing with family and friends, let’s also remember the important sacrifices that have been made in order for us to enjoy these simple pleasures.
Memorial Day is, quite simply, about remembering our fallen soldiers. While Veterans Day celebrates the service of ALL military personnel, and Independence Day and Flag Day celebrate our establishment as a nation, Memorial Day is a special observance for men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the process of serving our country.
Observed on the last Monday of each May, Memorial Day first began by decree on May 30, 1868 in an order signed by Commander in Chief John A. Logan. He stated that the intention of designating this day was, “for the purpose of strewing flowers on or decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of our country…whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.” He specified that while no particular observance or ceremony was “prescribed,” we should create a way to “arrange fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.” The intention was that we, as American people, never forget these brave soldiers.
Today, we ensure that the sacrifices of America’s fallen heroes are never forgotten. In December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law, “The National Moment of Remembrance Act.” The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
According to Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada, “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.” Many people also choose to visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each gravesite at national cemeteries.
Wherever you are this Memorial Day and no matter what you are doing or how you plan to observe the holiday, please take a moment to remember that we have hard-won freedoms for which our military fought and died. Enjoy your family, friends, and a restful holiday to the fullest, but also honor the sacrifices made to create our proud nation.
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