What Does Memorial Day Mean To Me?

Posted By Liz Loadholt @ May 29th 2011 2:17pm In: People

 
Memorial Day Sign
As I sit pondering Memorial Day, many thoughts come to mind.photo  of Mama Liz pondering
 *  freedom
 *  war
 *  soldiers
 *  military men and women
 *  families of military men and women
 *  death
 *  picnics

 



The   Wikipedia  defines Memorial Day as: "Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 30 in 2011). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.[1] First enacted by former enslaved Africans[citation needed] to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War – it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. " 

 

Also, according to Wikipedia: "The first known observance of Memorial Day was in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865; freedmen (freed enslaved Africans) celebrated at the Washington Race Course, today the location of Hampton Park, and each year thereafter. African Americans founded Decoration Day, now referred to as Memorial Day, at the graveyard of 257 Union soldiers and labeled the gravesite "Martyrs of the Race Course" on May 1, 1865. Black Charlestonians created this American tradition."

 

Now, how many knew that Charlestonians were responsible for Memorial Day?

 

photo of line of tombstones with American Flags at each one
So, freedom that we have today and that our children will have tomorrow comes at a very high price -- death.

 

Our freedom to do and speak as we wish comes because our military men and women have given their ultimate sacrifice -

 

Even when I try to imagine what it would be like to face the dangers of war, I simply cannot. So, my heart goes out to them -- each and every one of them who have given their life and to each and every one of them who are still fighting for you and me.

 

Today I remember not only the military men and women who have died, but their families and I am thankful to the families of our military men and women.

 

So, I think that Americans have picnics, fireworks, trips to the beach, family get-togethers, etc as a way to celebrate our freedom.

 

photo of a little girl and little boy holding American flags
I just want to say "Thank you for having the courage" to each military man and woman and to the families of these men and women.

When I see a person in uniform, I like to say to them "Thank you, I appreciate you". Our future depends on these fine brave folks. 

 

 

When I hear our Nathan Anthem, it always gives me chills and brings tears to my eyes.  I am proud to be an American.

 

Mama  Liz Signature with pink ribbon in middle

 

 

 



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