Take a short break from the Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sales and Beach Parties to remember what Memorial Day is all about.
Memorial Day is a holiday that has evolved dramatically over the years. Memorial Day observances began after the Civil War to honor the Union soldiers who gave their lives during the conflict. It was expanded after World War I to become a national tribute to those men and women who died during all our nation’s wars.
The holiday’s original name, “Decoration Day” came from the day’s original main activity, the leaving of flowers at the grave sites of those men and women who died in battles protecting and maintaining the freedoms we hold so preciously today.
More recently, the last Monday in May, and the weekend preceding it, has come to mark the unofficial beginning of summer. Many people and most communities through out the country “celebrate” Memorial Day Weekend with the pageantry red, white and blue parades, cook-outs in neighborhood backyards, special sporting events and mass excursions to the local beaches.
Maybe the best way we can honor those people who gave their lives so we can live ours more fully, is to live each day with kindness, forgiveness, gratitude, generosity and love.
Make today a day you’ll be proud of tomorrow.