On the last Monday in May we, in the United States, celebrate Memorial Day. A federal holiday when we remember the men and women who died serving our country. Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, originated after the Civil War to commemorate the approximate 360,000 Union soldiers who died in the war. In National cemeteries, volunteers continue with the theme of Decoration Day by placing flags on the graves of the fallen.
Memorial Day is traditionally known as the start of the summer season, Many Americans visit cemeteries and memorials or gather with family and friends to BBQ.
This year we are celebrating our Memorial Day with a trip to the American Legion, where
the choir my daughter sings with will entertain the veterans. My husband
was fortunate enough to serve in the U.S. Navy where he learned to love this
great country and has shared that love with his family. We know how
fortunate we are to live in a free country, but we also know that freedom is not
free. In the words of John F. Kennedy: "The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it." Thank you to all our veterans for the sacrifice you made to keep us free.
Muse For Today: How do you remember those who served your country and gave their lives for you?
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