What is Memorial Day?

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What is Memorial Day?


To some people, Memorial Day is an extra day off work, a day at the beach, a day to barbeque and hang out with family and friends.


For many years, it meant the same thing to me.


Memorial Day Marine


I knew that Memorial Day was a day to remember those who had served, who had protected our freedom, but I didn't grow up in a military family.  Myt grandfather served in World War II, but he died when I was young, and I remember little of him.


My husband is a former Marine.

My stepfather served as a corpsman in the Korean War.


And, this Monday will mark the last day that my sister will see her husband for many months.

He is a reservist, and is being sent to the Sandbox for a year!  This brings the meaning of Memorial Day to us loud and clear.


We need to remember that Memorial Day isn't all about the barbeque.


Thank you to all who have served!

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Peggy Hughes/pha logistix, inc.
pha logistix inc - San Francisco, CA

So true, Christine.  Fortunately, a number of my friends are veterans, as is my brother who did three tours in Vietnam - so it's easy for me to remember the meaning of the holiday.  I hope everyone enjoys the bbq's, beach, sun, etc. - after taking a moment to reflect on the real meaning of the day.

May 28, 2011 12:58 PM #1
Dennis Burgess
AmeriTeam Property Management - Mid Florida, FL
Orlando Property Manager and Realtor

Hi, Christine:  A million thank you's to all in your family for their service to our country.  I must correct you a bit (and preview a bit of my post coming Monday), though, regarding Memorial Day's true and only meaning.  With origins from our Civil War era, the day is set aside to specifically honor our nation's war dead- and only those that lose their lives in battle.  It's not to honor all that have ever served or are serving, or even veterans no longer among us.  And don't let your husband read your blog!  "Former marine"....I can be he'll tell you "once a Marine, always a Marine".  Dang...I have to add that the black/white of my post here makes context and tenor a bit difficult.  I don't mean any offense or anything- and as a veteran, son of one, nephew of one, grandson of 2 and friend of many I surely appreciate all that even speak of them.  I'm just a stickler when it comes to these things, I guess.

May 28, 2011 01:25 PM #2
Bill & Cyndi Daves
Hiawassee, Young Harris, Blairsville, Hayesville, Murphy and Beyond! - Hiawassee, GA
TeamDAVES - Your REALTORS In the GA/NC Mountains!

Christine, first thank your brother in law for his service.  Like Dennis says, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who are no longer with us.  However, I truly understand that any day set aside to remember or honor those who are either veterans, no longer with us or currently serving are special days regardless.  Our oldest daughter and her fiance are currently serving in the Navy as Hospital Corpsmen.  They are both stationed at different bases in Virginia and only 500 miles from home.  They were able to come home for the weekend and this one proud mom will take advantage of any holiday that allows us to spend time with them. 

May 28, 2011 02:04 PM #3
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