As we pause today to remember the brave men and women who valiantly served our country fighting abroad in order to preserve peace and justice, we find ourselves thankful, humbled, and deeply indebted to their service and sacrifice. Today, Memorial Day (formerly known as Decoration Day), is the day we remember those men and women who died in military service. Originally adopted to honor those who died during the Civil War, after World War I, the federal holiday was expanded to honor any American casualty of any war.
Celebrated on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is typically a day friends and families of deceased veterans use to visit memorials and cemeteries. Volunteers often place small American flags on the graves of soldiers. Additionally, homes and businesses fly flags at half-mast and a national moment of remembrance is taken at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Interestingly, Memorial Day was originally observed on May 30 every year, but was amended as a result of the popularity of the three-day weekend. To this day, veteran organizations feel this undermines the meaning and honor of Memorial Day.
As such, we ask that you take time to remember the great freedom that has been given us by the blood of those who died in war. As well, find a tangible way to show your appreciation and gratitude to veterans and their families. Let them know they are honored, valued, and loved.
Tell us what your plans for Memorial Day are? We'd love to hear from you.