So I’m a little behind because of the holiday (I took the day to relax) so my Monday post is a Tuesday post this week.
Since Memorial day is a day many people relish as a day off from school or work, to have barbecues, hang out with friends and have parties, I thought I would try to shine a light on the real meaning of Memorial Day.
As far back as the after the Civil War, we as Americans have paid tribute to those brave enough to serve and defend our country and may have lost their lives in the process. On May 30th 1868, Union General John A. Logan declared Decoration day as a day to remember and decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. Any day is a great time to appreciate and thank someone who serves or has served. On Decoration Day, or Memorial Day as its called now is still a day to remember, celebrate, and decorate the graves of those who had given everything for this country to be as strong, independent and free as it is today.
I feel nowadays, we find many of our holidays laden with sales at stores and have almost a commercial feel. I think it’s important to look deep into the real meaning behind why holidays are celebrated. With a husband in the military and a few family members who were lucky enough to come back home after a war, my family and I have been fortunate. Many others aren’t and it’s our duty as Americans to not only help and appreciate the sacrifice that not only the brave soldiers have made for us but also the sacrifice their families make.
So next year when you celebrate Memorial day, make the effort to really appreciate what their sacrifice means in your life, the freedoms their life afforded us and how we can live up to their sacrifice as a nation. Lay flowers on graves, fly a flag proudly (at half mast till noon) or participate in a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time.
Another great way to always show your support for wounded or fallen soldiers is through donation to charities set on helping these fallen heroes live their lives.
“Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families…” – Wounded Warrior Who we serve page
They help so many who serve and their families with dealing with the after affects of injuries or just the effects of serving a war. Your donations will help them continue with their great effort to help these brave individuals come home and be able to life their lives again.
(I was not asked or am not affiliated with this charity besides donating for my own purposes. The graphic was found online and can also be found on their website. I do not take an ownership)
All the same I hope everyone had a relaxing, fun and appreciative Memorial Day!