Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday in May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the military. In 1868 it was known as Decoration Day and was set aside to honor fallen Civil War soldiers by decorating their graves. As time has passed the tradition of honoring those who sacrificed their lives for our country has been expanded to include soldiers from all wars.
Barbecues, picnics, and time at the lake have crept in to become the tradition of celebrating the Memorial Day weekend. It sometimes seems to be more of an intro to summer or a marker for graduations. But the day isn’t about sales or a three day weekend, it’s about the ultimate sacrifice so many soldiers throughout history have made. It’s about the vacant spot that was left in each of their families that can never be filled. It’s about remembering what it takes to have what we have. Each of us should take some time today to honor our fallen soldiers and to teach our children what the day is really about.