Memorial Day: A Day of Remembrance
This time of year, television commercials abound with ‘Memorial Day’ deals on furniture, cars, and mattresses. And, while it’s not a bad idea to save a few dollars, Memorial Day is about remembering our fallen heroes. It’s about taking a few moments of our privileged day to be grateful to the men and women who died for our freedom.
History of Memorial Day
Often, Memorial Day is confused with Veteran’s Day. It’s certainly understandable as both honor military heroes. However, Memorial Day is a day to remember our fallen. Those who placed their lives on the line for us. Those who we have to thank for our continued security and freedom.
Memorial Day originally started as a day honoring those killed during the Civil War. It wasn’t until after World War 1 that ALL states of the Union accepted it as a National day of remembrance.
Why do we wear poppies?
Moina Michael read the poem “Flanders Field” by Colonel John McCrae. The poem tells of fallen soldiers who live on through the field of poppies. Moina wrote her own poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith” and was also inspired to where a poppy of her own. Soon, she began selling poppies to her friends and co-workers. The money made from selling poppies was used to benefit service men in need.
Later, a French woman named Madame Guerin followed Moina’s example. She approached the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) to begin the “Buddy Poppy” program. This program allows disabled veterans to create artificial poppies to be sold Memorial Day weekend.
How Can We Celebrate Memorial Day?
Before we fire up the grills, take that camping trip, or go on a shopping spree, let’s take a moment to pause and thank those who fought for our freedom. To think about their families left behind. To think about how their sacrifice allows us the freedoms we take for granted today.
Hang Old Glory in your yard or on your door.
Often members of the VFW sell poppies outside of busy stores. Pick one up and wear it proudly.
Visit the grave of a fallen hero
Visit one of our National Memorials
Be kind to others
Help widows and children of our fallen.
God Bless America
In our torn society, it’s easy to cast blame and let hate fill our souls. During Memorial Day, let’s set aside our differences and take a moment to remember why we love our great Nation. Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of the families left behind. Let’s remember what it’s like to love our country and each other.
God Bless America!
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