Today the United States observes Memorial Day. It is perhaps the least understood of all national holidays.
Memorial Day is the day that is designated to honor those men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Memorial Day is a day for remembrance, reverence, and respect of those who gave their lives fighting for the freedoms we enjoy
The earliest Memorial Day observances were marked by providing burials for fallen soldiers or tending to their gravesites.
Today those types of events take a back seat to the better-known events of the day: beach trips, backyard barbecues, and sales.
Memorial Day often gets misunderstood as a day for celebration.
It is distinct from Veterans Day, which honors all living military veterans. It is also distinct from Independence Day, which celebrates America’s birthday and independence.
Memorial Day is not the day we celebrate our freedom. It’s the day we remember those who died so that we can celebrate our freedom.
It may seem like a slight distinction, but in a country that doesn’t compel military service or another form of national service, it’s important that we stay connected to the sacrifices that were made on our behalf.
I am aware of the privilege I have to live in freedom without having had to put my life on the line for it.
Not everyone in the world has that privilege. Not everyone in America has had that privilege.
America is a country where mourning tends to be brushed aside and grief is often seen as weakness. But without the moments of grief we cannot truly know the celebration of joy.
We must remember how we got here. People died so we can be free. The least we can do is spend a few minutes in reflection and gratitude for their sacrifices.
People gave their lives
So you could enjoy freedom