Memorial Day is More Than a Cookout.
Memorial Day is not just a three day weekend to have family cookouts and hangout at the beach. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the courageous men and women who died while serving our country. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service (http://www.usmemorialday.org). In the new technology world, many individuals have forgotten the tradition of Memorial Day Weekend. Traditional small American flags and flowers are placed on the grave sites of those died while serving our country are replaced in the form or parties and BBQ’s. There is nothing wrong with celebrating Memorial Day with cookout and parties; let’s remember why we are celebrating. From the Civil War, World War I & II, Vietnam War, Desert Storm and the war in Afghanistan; millions of men and woman have died fighting for our rights and freedom. Young lives were gone and families were forever changed. We can never repay these soldiers who graciously gave their life for our country. However, we can honor them respectfully. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.” (http://www.va.gov ). Take some time this weekend with your family and friends to reflect and honor the men and women who died protecting the United States of America. We owe them so much more.