The Meaning of Memorial Day
Summer is quickly approaching! Kids are enjoying their last week of school, parents are preparing for vacation, and everyone is anticipating the warmth and fun of these next few months. Here in Colorado, the start of Summer is usually marked by the long Memorial Day weekend.
Majority of Americans only see this as just that- a long weekend of fun, camping, enjoying the pool and a BBQ. However, for many it is not a “fun” day off, but a day of grief, loss and remembrance.
Memorial Day is not a new holiday, but actually one of the oldest and longest standing national holidays. Memorial Day was first observed on May 30th, 1868 as a day to remember those who died in the Civil War. However, it did not become a national holiday until 1888.
Over the years, Memorial Day has become a day to remember all of those who died serving in the United States armed forces. It is a day to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice that some gave.
Memorial Day can still be a fun day, but it should also be a day of remembrance. There are many ways you can make it both-
-Visit a local military cemetery and place flowers or a flag next to a headstone
-Volunteer or be apart of a Memorial Day race or work out
-Before enjoying your yummy BBQ dinner have a moment of silence
As you prepare for your long weekend please take a moment to recognize why you have an extra day off of work. On Memorial Day, please take a moment to pause, reflect, and give thanks to those who died protecting our country.
…some gave all. Thank you for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.