Remember that our Veterans often suffer Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injuries in the course of battle in defending our Country and are often put into a position of representing our citizens abroad. They are often put in harms way for the sake of the ideal of standing for the greater good and advocating and doing the proposed right thing.
Let us remember them honorably…those who have gone on before us and given their life in service to others.
The ones that make it home from battle are left to endure the lifelong effects of these life changing events, as are their families with a system that is ill-equipped to handle the atrocities of the perils of war and conflict. We have come so far over the several generations that extend before our existence. Our goals should always be to do better than the generation before ours and learn, strive, advocate, and grow – not just as individuals, but as a Nation.
The Veteran’s that don’t make it home, we, as a Country continue to remember.
HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY
Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
The date of Memorial Day (also called Decoration Day), was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30….. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season..
For more extensive history on this somber holiday…check out http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history
To all those who serve, or have served….THANK YOU!