In the United States, Memorial Day is on the last Monday
in May and honors Americans who gave their lives
for their country in wars.
Memorial Day is a celebration of remembrance for the brave service of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Originally, Memorial Day honored those who had died in the Civil War. Now, it honors those who died in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
Waterloo, N.Y. is considered the birthplace of this holiday because the people of Waterloo were the first people to proclaim a day on May 5, 1866 to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War. They closed their businesses and placed flowers and flags on the graves of their soldiers. Flags were flown at half-mast.
Although this holiday is celebrated with barbeques, trips to the beach, and other recreation, it is important to remember the history of the day and the men and women who have given their lives for our great country.
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.
~ Bob Dylan
What are your plans for this Memorial Day?
Are you going to a parade or are you staying at home?
Maybe you are cleaning up the grill for an old fashioned Memorial Day Picnic
Whatever your plans may be, have a safe and memorable Day.
I hope you will have a great day!