Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day: 2020

Today is Memorial Day, an American holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It started out as Decoration Day, and originated in the years following the Civil War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971.

It is not a day for honoring those who previously served or are actively serving in our armed forces--there are other holidays for that, most typically Veterans' Day (formerly Armistice Day). And, although mattress and tire sales have seemed to come around on this three-day holiday, that's not what we celebrate. It's for honoring the gift given to all of us by those who didn't come home.

This is a bit different from previous Memorial Days--we're in various stages of recovering from a pandemic infection that was terrible (but could have been worse). But true to the spirit that made America great, we will arise from those ashes, stronger than ever. In the meantime, though, please join me in honoring those who sacrificed for our freedom. Freedom isn't free. All gave some. Some gave all. 


Priscilla Bettis said...

I am very thankful for the sacrifice of those who died protecting our freedoms.

Patricia Bradley said...

Thank you, Ricard, for a thoughtful post and tribute to those who died in service to our country. It seems people around me are understanding the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day better than they used to.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla and Pat--thanks for your comments. It's different this year, isn't it? But we still should remember the real reason we celebrate.