Memorial Day, which was designated as a national holiday in 1971, is celebrated on the last Monday in May which means that this year it will be celebrated on May 27th. This day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was celebrated in early summer and the day was dedicated to cleaning cemeteries and decorating the graves of fallen heroes.
There sometimes is a little confusion as to the ceremony of this Day. So – Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military men and women who died during their service to their Country. Veterans’ Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL who have served whether it be wartime or peacetime and whether they survived or died. It is officially celebrated on November 11th each year and is observed with a moment of silence at exactly 11:11am.
There, also, is Armed Forces Day, a lesser recognized day, when we celebrate the men and women presently engaged in the military. This day is celebrated on May 17th each year.
As we celebrate Memorial Day this year let us be mindful also of all the Mothers, Fathers, Children, Sisters, Brothers, Husband, Wives and Significant Others who also served in their support and then were left to grieve.
On Memorial Day we honor those brave men and women who served our Country proudly so that we may live in the “Land of the Free and the Brave” and then paid the ultimate price for their service.
They are resting in National Cemeteries and unmarked graves throughout the world but they are never to be forgotten. Today we remember them and pay our respects to them and thank them.
In honor of all who have served and who are now serving, fly your Flag high, respectfully and proudly. If you see a Veteran selling a Poppy, Buy One and Thank Him or Her for Their Service
PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS
GOD BLESS AMERICA