Remembering Memorial Day

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What is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2020 occurs on Monday, May 25.

Was it always a day?

Originally Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. By the 1900s it had become a day to celebrate all American soldiers who died while serving in the military. It wasn’t until 1967 that it was legally named Memorial Day.

Five Things not to do on Memorial Day

From PoliceOne.com:

  • Don’t wish anyone a “Happy Memorial Day” This is not Christmas – Memorial Day was not founded in joy with the promise of brining glee each year. …
  • Don’t thank the current troops. …
  • Don’t disregard its importance. …
  • Don’t forget it exists. …
  • Don’t let politics keep you from rendering respect.

Take a moment

Over the Memorial Day weekend, take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who came before us. As we are sheltering in our homes right now, it can be easy to be too focused on daily life.  We know from our own life experiences that appreciating selfless acts of others can be greatly inspiring in our own lives. Then … inspire others to do the same. Talk to the kids and grand kids.  Pass on the best of your values to the next generations.