Memorial Day: Much More Than the Unofficial Start to Summer

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer, but the day is set aside for much more than that. As you celebrate with friends and family, perhaps hosting a barbeque or attending a local parade, keep in mind that Memorial Day is observed to honor the brave men and women who died while serving in the United States military protecting our freedom. 

Memorial Day was declared an official federal holiday in 1971 and is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May.

Something else to be aware of is that Memorial Day is not a day to thank a veteran for their service. Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day are two separate holidays.  Memorial Day is intended to remember those who died while serving our country.   Veteran’s Day is set aside to honor those who have served in America’s Armed Forces.  So, instead of thanking a veteran for their service today, give them a hug or a pat on the back; after all, they may be feeling quite somber while remembering those who died while serving our great country.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy your day! Have fun, relax, eat great barbeque and soak in the sun! Then, take some time to remember our fallen soldiers and be thankful.

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