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Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day


Most people (and I used to be one of them when I was younger), considered Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, as the unofficial start to summer. There is so much more to this important national holiday. It’s our country’s remembrance and tribute to our fallen heroes, the men and women who died defending our country while serving in the American military. Because of these brave American Soldiers, we are able to live as a free nation. Good and bad, America is still the best country in the world, thank you to those who gave up their lives to defend its freedom.




Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Today, honoring Soldiers on Memorial Day often takes the form of special ceremonies, speeches, and laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.



The tradition of the red poppy has become a formality of Memorial Day which is often overlooked. Inspired by a poem entitled, In Flanders Fields, the poppy has become the flower symbol for the Memorial Day Holiday. From the poem, written by Canadian physician and soldier John McCrae, we develop a sense that the poppy represents the blood shed by soldiers during times of war. After World War I, many women began selling red poppies in honor of Memorial Day, to raise money for families affected by the war.


Thank you to all the Military men and women who have served and are serving our country, sacrificing their lives for our freedom. Thank you E for all you have sacrificed and for keeping our country safe. I love you so very much!!

E in Iraq

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your Soldier Husband and for you. Words can not express the gratitude that my family and I have for the men and women who serve our country and for the families who support and love them so much. Thank you!!!

    Amy
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