Memorial Day may look different this year, but maybe thatís a good thing. In the United States, Memorial Day is many things to many people. It may mean the beginning of summer break or that big family get-together where you eat hotdogs and hamburgers. Some consider it a day off of work or a day off before finals. Itís a day of parades and family and American pride, but shouldnít it be more?
President Ronald Reagan May 26, 1983
I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.
Since the Civil War, Memorial Day (or Decoration Day as it was originally called) has been a time to honor those who have lost their lives in service to our country. According to congressional research, approximately 984,794 soldiers have died in service since the Civil War. These men and women died protecting the freedom of the American people.
For love of country, they accepted death.President James A. Garfield May 30, 1868
If your state is closed, do not write off Memorial Day as a ruined holiday, instead, take time to remember those who have lost their lives. Take time to reflect on the freedom you do have. Write a note or send a gift to the family that has lost a loved one in service. If your state allows, visit the cemetery and pay respects to those who have passed on.
Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.ĒGeorge H. W. Bush May 25, 1992.
Even if your plans havenít changed and you are able to enjoy the holiday with family and friends, still, take time to remember those who have fallen to give you that freedom. Honor and remembrance are the true reasons for Memorial Day. Enjoy your American freedom, but donít forget those who paid the expensive price.
To every parent who weeps for a child, to every child who mourns for a parent, and to every husband or wife whose heart has been torn in two: Today we ask God to comfort your pain, to ease your sorrow, and to wipe away your tears. This is a very special day. And today, our whole country thanks you, embraces you, and pledges to you: We will never forget our heroes.President Donald Trump May 28, 2018