Remembering Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

by Richard Pannazzo - Wed, May 18, 2016 10:28 AM

All too often we think of Memorial Day as that great 3 day weekend where we break out the BBQ and invite friends and family over to hang out and enjoy great food and company.

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 It is an American past time. But let us not forget the actual reason we observe Memorial Day, and that it is in fact on Observation day, not a celebration day. 

We observe Memorial Day to honor those who have, and are, serving our Country. Remember that they serve to protect the freedoms and the rights we enjoy each day of our lives. We honor the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives so that others may live. We honor those who fought for those who could not fight for themselves. This my friends, is what Memorial Day is all about. 

Memorial Day holds a special place in my heart. Having served 12 years in the military, I have experienced first hand the loss of friends whom I would call family, brothers and sisters in arms. This memorial day weekend, I will honor their memory, along with all who have fallen before, and after them. I would encourage you to do the same. Educate your children on the true meaning of Memorial Day and the sacrifices that have been made by many so that they may enjoy their freedom today.

What does Memorial Day mean to you? What is your story? 

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“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

- James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery
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