While Memorial weekend signals the beginning of summer, vacations, and play time, we should be reminded of its original and serious intent to honor those who died in all military conflicts.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was set aside to honor all who fought and were killed in the American Civil War. It later became a federal holiday for honoring all the men and women who died serving our country in all military conflicts. As I’m sure you already know, it is the last Monday of May, a nice long weekend over which it is easy to forget its meaning.
It is a day to teach your children or grandchildren about honoring our military. Many people use this day to commemorate their own loved ones who have died, with flags or flowers, even though they might not have been with the military. It is also a reminder that we have men and women in foreign lands fighting to keep our freedom, being wounded, and sadly, dying for that freedom on a daily basis. Caught up in our reasonably safe everyday lives, we tend to forget there is a war going on across the seas…or several.
A National Memorial Day Concert will be on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on Sunday, May 24, 2015, from 8-9:30 p.m. I discovered this on PBS a few years ago and it is a magnificent way to spend the evening and honor the military. They have a variety of live musical performances, an all-star lineup of actors, musicians, and dignitaries, along with dramatic readings, documentaries, and fireworks to end the evening. If you miss the live concert, the recorded program may be seen from 9:30 to 11:00. God Bless until next week.
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