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Memorial Day (Thank-a-Soldier Day)

Posted by AB on May 24, 2009

Barbecues, baseball, racing, picnics, quality time with family and  friends, and a day off of work or school–no matter how you celebrate the unofficial start of Summer, don’t forget about the true meaning of Memorial Day:  to honor those who have fought and died while protecting these United States of America.

Memorial Day was first recognized in 1868, when General John A. Logan requested that his troops “decorate” the graves of their fallen Union brothers, hence the original name of the holiday, Decoration Day.  Eventually, the holiday was extended to the honor of all US war dead. 

              Memorial Day by r o s e n d a h l.

For those of us who have never served in the military, or have had family members who have served, there is a tendency to look past the true significance of Memorial Day.  Even though we are at war, and that provides a better reminder for us than at peace time, we enjoy our freedoms without paying tribute to those who have died to protect them.

Tomorrow, we will see President Obama continue the tradition of laying a wreath at the “Tomb of the Unknowns,” and there will be many other honorable ceremonies across the country, like the 3 P.M. moment of silent reflection.  All that we really have to do is enjoy our freedom.  The sacrifice of soldiers past and present is not accompanied by any duty from civilians, but many of us want to give our thanks.  I can think of no better way to show thanks to those soldiers who have passed than by telling at least one living US Military member, retired or active, “Thank you for your service.”  It sounds simple, and it is, but it could make the day of someone who will never receive enough appreciation for his or her sacrifices.  Turn Memorial Day into “Thank-a-Soldier Day.”  If you do not know a member of the military, they are not hard to find.  The more you thank, the more you will appreciate the true meaning of Memorial Day.  I’ll begin with my sister.

info from:   http://www.answers.com/topic/memorial-day

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