True, many of us will enjoy Memorial Day poolside, sipping a cold drink, eating a hamburger, playing games, and enjoying time with friends or family. However, we would all do well taking time out of our day to stop and remember why we celebrate Memorial Day.
The holiday originally was called Decoration Day and started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead. After World War II, the holiday gained a stronger following and took on a national meaning and identity. In 1967 the day was officially named Memorial Day. Unlike Veterans Day when we celebrate the living who have fought and fight for this country, Memorial Day is a day to reflect on those who paid the ultimate price and gave their very lives for the United States and her people.
For those who have died, should we not all take time to remember them and give thanks for their bravery and willingness to serve to the end? So, the day should be more than fun, it should have a solemn feeling, almost a feeling of reverence, as we reflect on the lives of the fallen. So as you enjoy the day take time out to think about those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. God bless you brave men and women and God bless the USA.