Posted on May 27, 2013
Memorial Day is…
A holiday set aside to remember the men and women who gave their lives while serving this country.
Not to be confused with Veterans Day or Armed Forces Day, which celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead.
Memorial Day is also the day my sweetie and I shared our wedding vows.
No, we were not married on the last Monday in May, but on May 30th — the original date designated as Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known.
We picked the holiday for our wedding because we wanted to make the date easy to remember.
Then on June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved Memorial Day, along with four other holidays, in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.
It’s okay though, we still remember our anniversary every year.
But I think people have forgotten the true origins of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day has become a long weekend more devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events than remembering those who have given their lives in military service.
I hope this video will jog our memory.