The True Meaning of Memorial Day

What is Memorial Day? Do most Americans even understand? Do your kids? Do you know the True Meaning of Memorial Day? In an effort to help explain what Memorial Day is all about I looked it up on Wikipedia. Here’s the definition I found:

“Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

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.”

While many think of Memorial weekend as an extra day off of work, camping, family time,  BBQ with friends or pool parties, please take some time to remind yourself and your kids what Memorial Day is all about. Remember those brave men and women who gave their lives for OUR freedom!  While you’re at it, say thanks to someone you know who has at one time served or is currently protecting the freedom of the good ole’ USA!

Have a thankful, safe and fun Memorial Day!