What an incredible honor it is to celebrate Memorial Day. Thank goodness for three (3) day weekends, I am so here for all of this. As a child I remember having an extra day off from school, the school year ending soon, fireworks and barbeques, but as adults some of us actually forget what it truly means.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States dedicated to remembering the brave men and women who died while serving in this country’s armed forces. History shows that it was previously called Decoration Day for the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags. New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday in the 1800s after World War I. A small American flag is placed on each grave at Arlington National Cemetery every year. It is located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C in Arlington, Virginia. There are approximately 400,000 people buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in the month of May. It’s the holiday that officially kicks off summer. At 3 p.m. local time throughout the United States there is a National Moment of Remembrance, to pause as an act of national unity for a duration of one minute to honor our fallen soldiers.
Did you know? 11% of the adult homeless population are veterans. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that 39, 471 veterans are homeless on any given night. Thank you for being brave enough to risk you life for this country only to come home with no place to lay your own head. Some soldiers come home with no support system, mental illness, lack of health care, drug addiction and alcoholism. If only the fidget spinner could cure PTSD (insert sarcasm and eyeroll).
There will be parades, concerts, sales and shows filled with fireworks and anticipation. This spirit of celebrating while we eat, drink and be merry shows our willingness to come together. Sadly, for others they will be remembering and grieving the loss of their loved one(s). Let us be conscious and respectful of the brave men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Tho, this is a rather sad day for some, I am truly thankful for those who sacrificed their life so I can enjoy my freedom. Again, thank you to those who still choose service so that we may enjoy this special day. God bless the POW, the Veterans that are buried and our serving military! Hope your week is filled with greatness!