It's kind of sad, but for most people Memorial Day only means the start of the summer vacation season or maybe a day off work and a long weekend.
It was first known as Decoration Day and it originated following the Civil War to commemorate the soldiers who had died in that specific war. Later the observances were extended to honor fallen veterans of all wars. And in some parts of this country it traditionally marks the time of year to visit and decorate the graves of deceased relatives, whether they served in the military or not.
I know you've probably got a lot going on this weekend. I do too. But let's try to at least take some small amount of time to honor and remember those who have passed on, especially our fallen veterans. You can still do that and watch the big car races, and enjoy family gatherings and beach outings.
Participating for one minute in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 on Monday afternoon or taking in a Memorial Day observance, like the one held on the Battleship Monday evening, could really make your weekend more meaningful…and help put the word "memorial" back into this holiday weekend.
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Emailed comments from viewers:
I want to thank you for your editorial message today referencing the true meaning of Memorial Day.
It seems we have almost gotten to the point that every holiday is just a long weekend with picnics or get togethers
and we have really forgotten the beginning meanings. We should thank our veterans and service members every single
day for their service, but especially on the days designated for it without thinking that its just another reason to
celebrate a few days off and a chance to guzzle some brews....so thanks for telling us what it really means.
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