Memorial Day – Remember its true meaning

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Memorial Day means more than going to the beach, preparing a barbecue or the unofficial first day of the summer season. In fact, Memorial Day has an entirely different meaning and if you didn’t know, you might be surprised to learn its true meaning.

Once known as Decoration Day, the Memorial Day we know today is celebrated on the last Monday of May. It is an American holiday that recognizes and commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service.

It came about to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War and was later expanded after World War I. While many folks do have a picnic, spend time outdoors or get their summer clothes out of storage, others head to cemeteries and monuments to honor those who gave their lives in the military.

Some other happenings that take place on Memorial Day include volunteers placing American flags on gravesites in national cemeteries as well as local cemeteries, Veterans of Foreign Wars stand on corners or in front of stores with bright colored paper poppies taking in donations.

When celebrating this Memorial Day with your friends and family, be sure to give remembrance to those who gave to this country so freely and with much courage. Then, enjoy your hot dog and chips.

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