This day represents an acknowledgment from citizens all over that our freedom is something we should never take lightly or forget, even if it means sacrificing our own lives if necessary.
The meaning and tradition of Memorial Day is deeply rooted in the history of America, as it has become an important holiday that serves as a significant reminder of the country’s past and its many sacrifices, both civilian and military.
The origins of Memorial Day date back to 1868 when General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared that May 30 be designated a day for decoration and commemoration.
It was also known as Decoration Day and was used to honor those who had died in service during the Civil War. Over time, this tradition expanded to include all those who gave their lives in service for America’s wars and conflicts.
Since then, Memorial Day has become an important part of American culture, with people taking time on this day to reflect on those who have gone before us in defense of our nation’s freedom.
The holiday is celebrated nationwide by gatherings at cemeteries across the country where flags are placed on gravesites to honor those who have passed away while serving our country. In Washington D.C., there is a special event held each year called National Moment of Remembrance which includes a moment of silence to remember our fallen heroes at 3 pm local time on Memorial Day.
In addition to honoring those who have lost their lives while serving in America’s armed forces, Memorial Day serves as an opportunity for family and friends to come together for barbecues and other outdoor activities such as hiking or camping trips.
This holiday marks the official beginning of the summer vacation season in many parts of the United States, so it can be a great time to start planning out fun activities with friends and family before school starts again after Labor Day.
Though this day is associated with leisurely activities like barbecues, parades, festivals, or beach trips for many Americans; we must not forget that it also represents much more than just these festivities - it represents an acknowledgment from citizens all over that our freedom is something we should never take lightly or forget, even if it means sacrificing our own lives if necessary.
Memorial Day is therefore more than just another summer holiday - it symbolizes respect for those men and women who have bravely fought for our nation’s freedom throughout its history.
They deserve all the admiration and recognition they can get from us citizens; after all, without them none of us would be able to enjoy life as we do now. For your service, your bravery, and your hard work, we thank you.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-John F. Kennedy