Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who lost their lives while serving in our country’s armed forces. It is formerly known as Decoration Day, and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. The first large-scale observance of what was originally called Decoration Day took place at Arlington Cemetery in 1868, three years after the bloody U.S. Civil War that killed more than 600,000 people. Today many Americans celebrate with their families and friends, usually with a cookout or picnic, a fun day spent outdoors, and in moments of prayer and silence.
In the word “memorial”, we notice the root word “memory” which is exactly the purpose of such a somber yet cheerful day. We are forced to look back on our existence as Americans, and the trials and tribulations that we had to conquer to maintain our precious freedoms. The opportunity arises for us to appreciate and thank the men and women that are still with us for the patriotism they have displayed to protect the people, freedoms, and liberties of our great nation. Memorial Day is the perfect time to send prayers and thoughts out to the families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. For one to give their life for a cause that is greatly larger than them is truly selfless and noble. We owe it to them, their families, and our fellow countrymen to observe such an important holiday with the utmost respect and empathy.
Our prayers, thoughts, and hearts go out to all that have lost loved ones. To those that are gone; your efforts have not gone unnoticed, your courage will never be forgotten, and your patriotism will live on forever.
“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”- Unknown