Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors those who have died while serving in the U.S. military.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many volunteers place an American flag on veteran’s graves as a reminder of the sacrifices made, the lives lost.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades.
Changing the date each year merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed significantly to the general public's nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.
Please pause for a moment this weekend to reflect on the losses suffered which allow each of us the freedoms we enjoy.