Happy Memorial Day – Remembering the True Meaning


Yellow Rock Country Girl - pic by Michael Craft

I want to thank all of the fallen soldiers from all of our military branches for their ultimate sacrifice. 

 I know many American’s do not even know the meaning of Memorial Day or they have traditions that are not necessarily based on honoring our fallen military.  

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service, which was originally May 30th and not a 3 day weekend.

 Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. 

Many people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country, which is because of traditions they have known for years. Honoring all of the dead is fine and well.  I just want Americans to be reminded of what the true meaning and spirit of Memorial Day is supposed to be about.  

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

The Moment of Remembrance is a step in the right direction to returning the meaning back to the day. What is needed is a full return to the original day of observance. Set aside one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.

American Flag - Photo by yrcg

God Bless all of our military service men and women and today especially those that have given their lives for us. Amen.

Note: Research for Moment of Remembrance and excerpts from www.usmemorialday.org

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