Memorial Day Traditions to Honor Fallen Heroes

For the record, it was not until after World War I that the memorial tradition was enlarged to cover those who died in all American wars. That image will forever become what he associates with Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is traditionally a day to honor fallen members of the military.

Many people will head to cemeteries to place flowers and other decorations on the graves of loved ones who are no longer with us.

The parade has been a part of the community for more than 60 years.

"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle". The war dead are all around us but mostly forgotten 364 days of the year, until Decoration Day comes 'round again.

On the first Decoration Day, future President General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery and 5,000 people gathered to decorate the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Onlookers say Memorial Day is about American ideals. We remember the men and women who left their families behind, who placed country over self, who truly are American heroes.

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Legion members say they often get a big turnout for events like this, but when it comes to every day membership, the numbers have been dropping.

Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May.

Unfortunately, much of the nation has lost touch with this original goal of the day, especially for those who have no close ties to the military.

This is what Memorial Day is about. Many of us will spend the weekend cooking out, traveling, visiting lakes and rivers, and spending time with friends and family.

From the American Revolution to the war in Afghanistan, we should pause and remember, even it's something as silently saying thank you for your service. They died protecting and preserving the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.

Flags have been flying this weekend in remembrance and respect for the military men and women who gave their lives in the defense of the country.

The causes of war are regrettable, but the courage to serve and sacrifice for the preservation of our nation and the freedoms of the United States should always be remembered with deep gratitude.

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