Memorial Day is just that - a day to remember those who have died while serving our country - and is not to be confused with Veterans Day, a day to salute all military veterans.
Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861-1865).
"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle". The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn't the anniversary of any particular battle.
"Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans - the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) - established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj".
This editorial appeared in The Oklahoman on Memorial Day May 26, 1975, and was titled "Not in Vain".
"We have men and women in the war on terror who serve today and who are in harm's way, so keep them in your prayers today and everyday", said Sen.
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The American Legion Post 166 of Goose Creek held a Memorial Day Ceremony at Carolina Memorial Park.
The rain cleared out Monday morning bringing crowds of people to downtown Mansfield for the annual Memorial Day Parade.
"This is my first Memorial Day service since I retired and I don't know why I haven't come, but this is really emotional for me today", said Al Quist who attended the ceremony. By 1890 all of the Northern states made Decoration Day an official state holiday.
One of the most recognized parts of Memorial Day, the wearing of red poppy flowers, originated early last century.
No matter where you are or what you are doing, I ask every American to take the time to briefly pause and remember the true meaning of Memorial Day with this simple gesture. As they leave us, it's important that we don't let their tales of sacrifice die with them.
"They put their life on the line in many situations, Vietnam, Korea, so we can be here, be free and be where we are today because if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be where we are".
"Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice" - President Barack Obama.