Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the U.S. on the last Monday of May. Once known as Decoration Day, the holiday began after the Civil War to commemorate fallen Union soldiers. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died defending their country. This name change became official in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill.
Though it is often observed to recognize the departed in one’s life, this is a holiday that celebrates selfless sacrifice. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. These heroes wrote a blank check to the nation that they served. Those of us who once wrote one of those checks ourselves and did not have it cashed in, know full well the value of our lives and our freedoms. Take a few moments today and think about what writing that check means and what value it holds.
This last video just wrecks me. Every time.
The mood came early this year so I posted some pics yesterday that were to remind folks of what this day is really about. Here is another.