What Does Memorial Day Mean To You?

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Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Colonel James Puchy (Ret) wrote an article back in 2012 that really is worth your reading; I invite you to read it here.

“Regardless of the circumstances of the battlefield, the cry of the soldier remains the same –God help me.”

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  1. Roberta L Wood says:

    Thank-you again for sharing. I did read Colonel James Puchy letter. It as so many others today made me cry. I do cry every memorial day for our losses. I am so thankful to all who protect our rights. Freedom is never free and costs are high and I do pray for all of their safety.
    Sincerely, Roberta

  2. Reid Lance Rosenthal says:

    And we all join you in those prayers, Roberta!

    Reid

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