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.