Memorial Day – Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

Lorea Thomson
Posted by Lorea Thomson
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We live in a land of the free, because of the brave!  A recent survey revealed that nearly 60% of Americans did not know the true meaning of Memorial Day. Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who DIED while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday honoring ALL military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces is Veterans Day.

Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season.  It is important to understand that it is also a solemn day of remembrance. For many Americans, Memorial Day is a much-needed day off to relax and enjoy their family. For combat veterans, and their military their families, this day holds great significance. Not everyone who serves is fortunate enough to return home.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. Ever grateful Americans began organizing spring tributes to these innumerable fallen heroes by decorating their graves with American Flags, flowers, and reciting prayers.

Like so many others, our annual Memorial Day traditions have altered this year. However, we can all still do our part to honor the fallen. Such examples as flying an American flag, taking a moment of reflection, or speaking to a veteran about their experiences.

From our family at Waterfront Properties and Club Communities we thank each and every brave hero who gave his/her life so that we may live in the land of the free…BECAUSE of the BRAVE!


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