Memorial Day 2010
Most Americans associate Memorial Day with the unofficial beginning of summer. With all the cookouts and parties going on in Rhode Island, the meaning of Memorial Day can easily be forgotten. Americans quickly remember when Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars are seen giving out red poppies at area supermarkets, or attend a local Memorial Day parade and watch U.S. soldiers march down the street in their uniforms.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and it began with local celebrations around the country after the end of the Civil War to honor fallen soldiers, and it began on May 30 each year from 1868 to 1968; after that the date was moved to the last Monday in May. After the first World War, Memorial Day was meant to honor anyone who had died from war.
In Utah, many people show their support with American flags placed in their yards and on their houses. And flowers are taken to the graves of loved ones.
It’s really become a day of remembrance for all who have died. Those who regularly visit a cemetery or grieve over the death of a loved one–military or otherwise–understand this truth: There are 364 just like it.
Not one day goes by that a grieving widow doesn’t long to hear her husband’s voice, or that a child, of any age, doesn’t think about Mom or Dad. Not one day goes by that parents don’t remember their deceased child.
Especially when the loss still is fresh.
Of course, with time the initial numbness fades. With enough time, perhaps even the memories fade.
Our gratitude should never waver, however. Just as those who mourn the loss of a loved one grieve every day, those who enjoy the gift of freedom should celebrate it every day.