Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

by Dotti

Happy Memorial Day!

The customs of Memorial Day have largely disappeared since they began during the American Civil War when people began decorating the graves of fallen soldiers. Originally called "Decoration Day", the name was changed to Memorial Day in 1882 but it wasn't until after World War II that the "new" name became more commonly used.

Memorial Day is traditionally observed to remember those servicemen and servicewomen who were killed in action. Veteran's Day is the day we observe in remembrance of and in honor of all who serve or have served in the military.

There are still solemn services held at battlefields, landmarks, Arlington Cemetery and National Cemeteries across the nation. There don't seem to be as many organized parades as there were years ago because sadly today, Memorial Day is thought of more as the official beginning of the summer season in the United States.

I'm not criticizing that in the least especially since when you read this, I'll be at the beach with my family for our annual trip to Kiawah Island. And many of you will be joining family and friends for cookouts, picnics or whatever your traditions may be.

As we do all these worthy and fun things to kick off the start of the summer season. let's take a moment in our hearts to remember those who have fought and died valiantly for our country and for our freedom. We owe them a lot.


Cathy H. said...

Such a great reminder of where our thoughts should be on Memorial Day. We tend to forget the reason behind this day.

kelly said...

thank you dotti. my grandfather served in WWII and ultimately lost his life from injuries he sustained in the war so memorial day always holds special significance to me and my family.

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