What today really means…

May 30, 2011 / Nicole Michelle
fallen, honor, Memorial day, veterans

I’m pretty ashamed to say that I was one of those people who grew up without a sense of what Memorial Day really stood for. To me it was the day that we opened the pool, had a party and maybe went shopping. Looking back I don’t understand why I was one of those people. I never bothered to even research or ask. It was an extra day off from school and that was about it. Knowing what this is all about helps the fallen not be forgotten which in this day and age seems all to easy. If you are looking for a formal encyclopedia excerpt here’s how wikipedia opens up. “Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service.[1] First enacted by formerly enslaved African-Americans [2] to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War – it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_day

This morning while I was trying to pieces my thoughts together to write this blog I ran across this site and quote. It truly saddens me but I know that it’s true. “Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.” – http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html Please remember as your sitting there raising your children to give them a sense of our history. Inform them to what this day off from school truly stands for. Maybe take a moment to make a memory with hanging a flag, show your patriotism and say a prayer for the fallen.

And from my family…Thank you! Thank you to those that have risked their lives and fallen to give us the life we enjoy today. I promise to you that not just because we are a military family that my children will not be uneducated on Memorial day. You will never be forgotten in our family.

“A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 pm at Arlington National Cemetery, headstones are graced with small American flags.” – http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20110526/us_yblog_upshot/the-meaning-of-memorial-day