Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day (Tradition)

The first mention of "Memorial Day" occurred in 1882, but it did not become common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name of the holiday until Congress acted in 1967.

Memorial day is the day to honor heroic men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and those who willingly place themselves in harm's way today in our all-volunteer military. It is also the day to visit cemeteries and decorate veterans' graves, sell poppies, and fly the United States flag at half-staff from dawn until noon. A very good tradition that started since 2000 is a national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. It's important for these traditions to remain alive in our society, because our nation could not have survived without the contributions of these heroic men and women.

If you can't find the time to visit a cemetery to decorate a veteran's grave or attend one of the many Memorial Day services, it won't take any special effort to pause for a moment at 3 p.m. and salute some very important people in the history of our country.

I know that for many, Memorial is just but another 3 day weekend that usually marks the beginning of summer. A perfect day for family to be gathered around for some barbecue and party. But let us all remember the true essence of Memorial Day!


*♥Shydub♥* said...

Mingaw mn tagbalay, nag unsamo sa inyong memorial day lulu? adgi ko kadli diri

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