Memorial Day, Modern Term for Decoration Day
Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day. Decoration Day was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers after the Civil War. Decoration Day became Memorial Day after World War I. The day was extended to honor all Americans who had died in all of our wars.
There are fewer and fewer veteran survivors from World War I, World War II, and so on. As these survivors pass away we are left with fewer reminders of the bravery and dignity these people have given serving the U.S. Yet, the history and remembrance of freedom preserved are best embodied in a quote from Moina Michaels: the blood of heroes never dies.
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. It is a great time to gather your family to talk about your ancestors. It’s time to celebrate loved ones who have served in the military and what their sacrifice means to everyone. Make a weekend trip to the local veterans hospitals or veteran facilities to visit patients who don’t have anyone to share this important day with.
Memorial Day marks the beginning of our summer vacation. It’s also a designated time for family and friend gatherings, trips to the beach or lake, firework displays, picnics, and play. Take a moment, however, to really appreciate and be thankful for the lives given for freedom, which has endured in our nation for almost 200 years.