Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last 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 fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. Wikipedia

Some see it as a day of gatherings and barbecues. It is so much more than that. For the families of those who have died while serving in the U.S. military it is a poignant day of remembrance and tribute.

In many U.S. National Cemeteries, small American flags are placed next to the headstone of the Veterans on Memorial Day.

Lest not forget the men and women who gave their lives for our country. I thank each and every one of them.


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12 responses to “Memorial Day

  1. Thank you for a beautiful and moving Memorial Day post.

  2. Excellent post for Memorial Day!

  3. It moves my heart to see so many Memorial Day blog posts this weekend. Yours is great.

  4. This is a lovely Memorial Day post Lorri….

  5. In France we have two main Memorial Days (November 11th and May 8th) but they are not family events. These days are tribute to those who fought and fell in the wars on a national level only.

    • November 11th is our Veteran’s Day. A day honoring all American Veterans, alive or deceased, and not necessarily those who fell in the wars. Memorial Day is for the war-fallen.

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