What does it mean to you? Do you look at Memorial Day Weekend as a weekend to play, shop and party? Do you take time out and pay respect to those who have lost their lives defending the freedom many take for granted?
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. This year it will be one week from today May 27th.
Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in our Armed Forces.
As a veteran who volunteered for both Korea and Vietnam it does not take a holiday for me to remember those who have died serving our country. Every morning when I wake, I thank GOD for giving me the day and say a prayer for those who never made it back. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, originated after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
Memorial Day should not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead.
On this Memorial Day before you journey out to play shop or party say a little prayer for all those who lost their lives defending all the freedoms and liberties you have. Imagine where you would be today if they did not join to defend our Constitution?
For those who have and are serving our Country; “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE”.
For those who have and do support us; “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT”.
For those who have lost a loved one defending our nation; “You are always in my Prayers”.
Last but not least let us not forget the wives, husbands, children, mothers, fathers, siblings, friends, battle buddies and sweethearts that have been left behind. Theirs is a greater sacrifice many of us will never know so if you can, please support a T.A.P.S (Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors) which has been caring for families of America’s fallen Heroes since 1994. They are the only non-profit Veterans Service Organization chartered solely to assist the surviving loved ones of military members who has died while serving our nation. Click here to read about T.A.P.S and to make a donation.
GOD BLESS you, your family and the United States of America.