To Many Americans, Memorial Day Has Lost Its Meaning

To Many Americans, Memorial Day Has Lost Its Meaning

One doesn't have to accept that every military decision the nation has made was wise in order to honor those who lost their lives carrying out those decisions. They include a memorial service at 9:30 a.m.at Outlook Cemetery in Outlook; a memorial service at 11 a.m.at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside; and a ceremony at 1 p.m.in Sarg Hubbard Park at the Yakima Greenway.

"I appreciate all that the military is doing right now, and I think it's especially important to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice", Hively said of Memorial Day.

Several events are planned in the Chicago area as the country marks Memorial Day. It is believed that the date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom across the country, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs writes in its history of Memorial Day. It's a day many of us will celebrate with a trip to the lake, the golf course or the pool or by cooking out with friends and family.

"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".

In 1868, the commemoration become known officially as Decoration Day, a day to clean up and place flowers on the graves of the war dead.

You're all ready for Memorial Day.

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"We have men and women in the war on terror who serve today and who are in harm's way, so keep them in your prayers today and everyday", said Sen. And not knowing anyone who died in action doesn't mean any of us shouldn't mourn and honor those who gave their lives.

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. But Memorial Day is more than just a Monday off from work.

A few years back, when a Times Review editor visited a national cemetery for a Memorial Day story, he stumbled upon a Vietnam veteran and cemetery caretaker.

Before Memorial Day came a holiday called Decoration Day.

The federal government also declared Waterloo, New York as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. But in the midst of it all we should never forget that many have died so that we can enjoy such pleasures.

They fought and died for our nation.

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