Memorial Day first started as Decoration Day, in honor of the fallen in the civil war. After World War I, it was expanded to recognize all veterans who died in service. More recently, it often is viewed as the start of summer, and a big shopping and barbequing day.
Many of our members have friends and family members who made the ultimate sacrifice. I recently coordinated the military funeral honors for a family member. The sailors from New London, CT did an excellent job, and they truly honored his service.
We don’t ask you to spend the whole holiday in observance of deceased veterans, but take a moment some time this weekend to think about what people have given up for us. If you’re driving by a cemetery, think about who is buried there. Think about the people who miss them. This is how we honor their sacrifice.