The TRUE meaning of Memorial Day...

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Real Estate Agent with Beach & Luxury Realty, Inc.

What does Memorial Day mean to you? How many realize what this National Holiday actually means or when it started? Does your town or city hold a parade? Are you aware some have not held a parade in years?

In these times of mass marketing and retail sales events galore, we have forgotten what this "day off" really means. We are to be remembering the lives of those service men and women who gave their lives defending our country. Per the Memorial Day History, "It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all." Spending money in the shopping mall is not honoring these soldiers' memory.

Does anyone know when the National Poppy movement started or why it started? You can get a quick history lesson (and most of us need one) about Memorial Day and when it was officially proclaimed by reading the Memorial Day History.

I remember as child in Connecticut, my grandparents would take me to the parade. As I grew older and could comprehend the meaning of the day, my grandmother explained to me that it was more than just the floats and the candy being thrown into the crowd. The reason the veterans were marching was to show their respect and pay an honor to their fallen comrades during the wars.

So this Memorial Day, take a moment to reflect upon the lives of those soldiers who have fought and lost their lives for this country since our founding. Also remember our service men and women who are unable to be here at home, as they are currently fighting a war, defending our freedoms and protecting our country from invasion.

To you the soldier, I say, "Thank You" for giving me the freedom to write this post and may you come home safely.

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Missy Caulk
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Well said, Cris.

It is a day to Remember and pass along the true meaning to our families, like your grandmother did for you.

May 25, 2009 01:30 AM #1
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Cris, Memorial day used to be known as Remembrance Day - A holiday to honor the fallen Union soldiers. Today, It has been expanded to remember all the Armed Forces that have given so much for our freedom. Thanks...

May 25, 2009 01:36 AM #2
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Cris Burlew
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Thanks Michael...I know that most people would not remember what it used to be known as. I have now added the link for the history...I forgot to add it before.

May 25, 2009 02:29 AM #3
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Missy...thanks. Now that I've added the link to the history, everyone should be able to view some interesting facts. Have a safe day.

May 25, 2009 02:30 AM #4
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Patricia Kennedy
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Chris, I think that more people are more aware of just what we are supposed to be remembering on Memorial Day.  I don't think there is enough that we can do to honor the men and women who defend our country and our freedons.  And you put it very weill.

May 25, 2009 10:21 AM #5
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Cris,this is pretty much what I had said in my post today...Nice post!

May 25, 2009 12:13 PM #6
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Cris Burlew
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Thanks Pat...they just need to understand it isn't just about having a long weekend...in fact the true day is on May 30th. Hope yours was safe today.

May 25, 2009 12:49 PM #7
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Rick - I know...I decided to go the history route. We can all learn something new everyday :)

May 25, 2009 12:50 PM #8
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