Why Memorial Day is More Than a 3 Day Weekend

Memorial Day is more than just the start of the summer vacation season. It’s about commemorating and remembering those who died serving in the armed forces. There’s a lot of meaning behind Memorial Day than meets the eye and even more than most people know about. Memorial Day started being celebrated after the American Civil War in 1868. It was established at the time to nationally decorate the graves with flowers of the dead due to the war. As years went by and up until recent times, Memorial Day is a day that commemorates and honors all Americans who died while serving in the military.

A Day to Remember

During Memorial Day, many people attend memorial services for fallen soldiers. They pay their respects and visit cemeteries to honor those who served in the military to protect the lives of Americans. It’s a day to remember, honor, and appreciate those brave people who served the military and lost their lives doing so.
Many people tend to confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day and thinking they’re the same thing. In all actuality, Memorial Day is the a day of remembrance of all the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the military. Veterans Day is the day that celebrates the service of all the U.S. military veterans. It might be easy to confuse the two holidays, both celebrate the lives of those who served, dead or alive.

Honoring the Fallen

Memorial Day is a great holiday to honor the men and women who risked their lives for our freedom. It’s sad but at the same time a good way to honor them all. It helps families and communities to come together to remember their friends and loved ones who served. It’s like a form of closure and can truly help families who have lost their loved ones in an honorable way. Hence, why Memorial Day is way more than what it seems. It’s an important holiday for many families to cope with their losses each year and to remember them with special memorial services. Believe it or not but Memorial Day can help people cope with the losses of their loved ones and friends who died while serving in the military.

Activities

It’s a sort of tradition on Memorial Day to raise the American flag to the half staff position until noontime and then raise it full staff for the rest of the day. It’s as a sign of honor and respect. This special event also involves many parades that are held throughout the US on Memorial Day.
A typical Memorial Day parade involves marching bands, the National Guard and other servicemen are present. There’s also veterans and military vehicles with a typical military theme also involving flowers to respect the dead. Usually speeches are given by servicemen in the military, community leaders and figures, and even by the families who lost their loved ones. They make speeches to honor the dead and shed some light on the importance of Memorial Day. To talk about what this specific day means, to pay respects, and to bring communities together to grieve their losses.

Washington DC Celebration

In Washington DC, the National Memorial Day Concert takes place which is broadcast live on PBS and other tv channels across America. Every year this televised event occurs on Memorial Day which features music being performed, speeches, and a moment of silence to commemorate the courageous and brave men and women who gave their lives to protect their country.

Every year the president of the United States makes a heartfelt speech to remember those who have lost their lives in the military. Back in 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act, which is when people should stop and take a moment of silence to remember everyone who died at exactly 3pm. This act takes place every single year in Washington DC and throughout America. There’s also always guest speakers and events within the actual event that occurs.

Race Day

It’s said that one of the longest existing traditions is the auto race of Indianapolis 500. Since 1911, it’s a race that has been going on in conjunction with Memorial Day. This tradition dates back to many years back and is a great thing to see it has lasted all this time. These sort of traditions is what  holidays like Memorial Day alive, including all the events that occur in the actual day of Memorial Day. This tradition may be in conjunction with a sad day for America and its fallen soldiers but it sort of allows for a more cheerful move to spread. It’s something to look forward every year and to keep this tradition going on for years to come.

Conclusion

It’s important to know and realize the true meaning behind Memorial Day. It’s part of American history and should be recognized, respected, and observed. This special day means a lot for many different people and their families. It’s always a hard thing to loose a loved one or a frequent especially with the circumstances of war. War is something that no one wants no matter what the situation is. Unfortunately everyone needs protection and the right to feel safe. All the men and women who served in the military and who fought for our freedom and protection, who died while doing so,  deserve a day of commemoration.

You can’t bring them back but you sure can pay respects to them. What great way then to dedicate a national holiday to them and try to come together as a nation. Memorial Day is a special day that we should all respect and learn about. Don’t forget to have a moment of silence for all the brave men and women of the military who passed on. Even if you don’t personally know anyone in the military who passed away, it doesn’t matter. Paying respects is a beautiful thing and it’s great to be appreciative toward these courageous men and women who served. They risked their life to serve in the military and are strong enough to protect the country as a whole.


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