Being married to a military veteran who served 20 years in the United States Air Force, this day holds an extra special meaning for my family. For so many, Memorial Day is just another reason to enjoy a three-day weekend. It marks the unofficial start of summer, and a time to catch some amazing shopping deals. However, the true meaning of Memorial Day goes far beyond cookouts, heading to the lake or beach, taking in the latest movie hit, or shopping for the greatest electronics deal. Yes, my family usually celebrates Memorial Day with a cookout, but my hubby and I make sure ourselves and our kiddos remember the real meaning of this special, memorable day.
The first Memorial Day was declared on May 30, 1868 and known as “Decoration Day”. It was a day to honor fallen heroes of the Civil War and decorate their graves. Later the name was changed to Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor ALL of the American soldiers, our fallen heroes, who have died in the military serving our country.
As Americans, my family included, we should take some time from our celebrations and leisure activities this Memorial day, to remember our fallen brothers and sisters in the military and all the sacrifices they gave they gave for our freedom. My friends, what does Memorial Day mean to you and your family?