Ahh, Memorial Day. A three-day weekend off from work. An opportunity to pack up the family and head to the beach, or go camping in the mountains, or spend some time at an amusement park. A time to travel and visit with out-of-town relatives all culminating in a family cook-out of steak, ribs, burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, garden salad, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon and apple pie. Iced tea, cold beer and soda. Games of horseshoes, badminton or pick up baseball.
The key here is spending time with family, but let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day began as Decoration Day in the South after the Civil War to commemorate the Confederate soldiers who died in “The War Of Northern Aggression” and the day was adopted by the Union to commemorate their dead soldiers. But, by the 20th Century the name was changed to Memorial Day and was extended to honor ALL Americans who died while serving in the military..
So please, somewhere between taking a dip in the ocean, taking a hike, or eating that second slice of apple pie, send up a prayer of thanks for their sacrifice on this day dedicated to them. They are the reason America is still the land of the free.
|Confederate Soldier||Union Soldier|
|World War I|
|World War II|
|War Dog Monument|
Every soldier has a common bond, a true band of brothers. All gave some, some gave all.
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
Thanks for reading. Until next time.
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