Today is Memorial Day. For many of us, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. Officially, Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died during active duty in the military. The United States Federal holiday was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War and was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action (Source: Wikipedia).
For me, Memorial Day is about paying our respects to those that have died fighting for the freedoms we all enjoy as Americans. Regardless of your opinion of war, you’d be hard pressed to find a true American that doesn’t appreciate the service our veterans have provided in defense of our freedoms. Without the sacrifices of so many who have served in the military over generations, this right that we take for granted might not exist today. [Read more…]