Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Proud American

Memorial Day weekend. To many, this is the unofficial start of summer, the 3 day weekend to enjoy the outdoors and BBQs. In all of this, the true meaning of Memorial Day weekend is often forgotten.  Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, a day first enacted by former slaves to honor Union soldiers of the Civil War who had died in battle. After World War I, the holiday became a day to honor all Americans who have died in all of the wars. It also has, unofficially, become a day to thank those who serve presently.  So while the long weekend of road trips, BBQs, and time in the pool may be great, there is so much more to this weekend than that. Take time this weekend to remember all those who gave their lives to keep this country safe and secure. If you know a service member, active or retired, thank them. It could be their life that continues to keep this country safe. God bless our troops and God bless America.

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