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Have fun on Memorial Day, but don't forget its purpose

Have fun on Memorial Day, but don't forget its purpose

Originally known as Decoration Day to honor casualties from the Civil War, Memorial Day has evolved into a national day to remember all of our country's fallen soldiers. It was not until 1971 that Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday in May.

This Memorial Day weekend, I remind you that military service is still inherently unsafe, no matter what one's occupational specialty for the armed forces. It meant ceremonies at cemeteries, laying of wreaths, the playing of Taps. That number does not count the wounded or maimed that came home from war, nor does it include the many minor conflicts the United States has been involved in throughout history. He survived with the same love of country that prompt soldiers to accept military service. Now it is on the last Monday in May to create the three-day weekend. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season. Families still do get together but the spirit of patriotic remembrance is absent.

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And, above all else, hope and pray for the safety of all American military personnel as they carry out their important responsibilities, going forward. Unfortunately, people are still dying on behalf of our country today. More Americans were killed than in any previous war.

This is not news to many of you. You've probably encountered some of the ignorance and apathy yourselves. About 40% of all accidents that have happened on Memorial Day weekend between 2011 and 2015 included a drunk driver, according to Value Penguin. It was made to honor the heroes of America, particularly those men and women who perished while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is different than other military holidays such as Veteran's Day because Memorial Day is specifically a day to remember and honor those who have died in service. Numerous young men and women not lived their life enough and sacrifice their lives in battle to preserve our freedom.

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Chances are there isn't a family in the country that doesn't have a relative, a brother, sister, father, uncle, grandfather, cousin or someone they know that died in one of this country's many wars.

Memorial Day for many is the official start of summer. Please feel free to bring a folding chair and umbrella for your comfort. Following the battle of Gettysburg, women from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, placed flowers on the graves of the fallen soldiers.

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Memorial Day is a day to put politics aside and make room for patriotism. Remembering is the least we can do. With Memorial Day coming, though, the subject and content of this piece warranted a little extra room.


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