We are always grateful to the men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces. Today, however, we wish to honor those that gave their lives while in service to our nation.
And, no, we are not having a Memorial Day Sale…sorry.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is meant to be a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. It’s not about the long weekend, the sales or the grilling – it’s about our entire nation coming together to remember and appreciate those who gave their all for our nation.
There is a really interesting history to this holiday…lots more drama and complexities than you would think. Check out this website to read about it.
I hope you will take at least a moment today to stop what you’re doing and to think about the sacrifice that those brave men and women made for our nation…for you and me.
[Note:To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."]