How Do We Remember
Memorial Day. How do we remember and honor those the day is set aside for? Memorial Day started off as a somber day of remembrance; a day when Americans went to cemeteries and placed flags or flowers on the graves of our war dead. Originally called “Decoration Day,” this remembrance began following one of the most poignant eras in our country’s history. Between 1864 and 1866, just after the end of the American Civil War, community leaders established a date upon which we could honor both Union and Confederate war dead. It was a day to remember ancestors, family members, and loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice. But now, too many people “celebrate” the day without more than a casual thought to the purpose and meaning of the day.
Memorial Day Is For Reflection
How do we honor the 1.8 million that gave their life for America since 1775? How do we thank them for their sacrifice? We believe Memorial Day is one day to remember. The course of history has been forged by these heroic men and women of the Armed Forces who honorably served and sacrificed for their nation. Their individual acts of selfless bravery should be a reminder to all of us that there is a cost to being a part of this great nation. To put this into a modern perspective, during the past decades of all the volunteer military, less than 1% of eligible Americans have served their country. Of those who served, fewer have sacrificed. It should bring pause and reflection to every American that so few are defending the nation and paying the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Before setting off on your weekend adventure, reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. It is a solemn occasion deserving of your time and respect.