Memorial Day- May 25, 2015
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
Memorial Day is the federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
In the United States, the massive number of soldiers killed on both sides in the Civil War was more than 600,000; No person in the US at that time was untouched by those deaths. In the years after the Civil War, cemeteries and memorials to the lost soldiers took on new cultural significance that became known as “Decoration Day,” and people left flowers on the graves of soldiers and at memorial monuments. Gradually with massive soldier deaths in WWI, the name began to shift to “Memorial Day.” After WWII, the federal government officially called it “Memorial Day” and designated that soldiers that died in war, were to be honored the last Monday of May each year.
Thousands of parades are held across the United States by communities and veterans groups honoring their fallen comrades. National Cemeteries are decorated with flags and wreaths, and many families and friends bring flowers to lie on the graves of the soldiers. Others visit national war memorials (http://www.usatoday.com/experience/weekend/my-weekend-experience/war-memorials-around-the-usa/9321371/) to stand witness in a ceremony or personal moment to honor the dead and lost soldiers.
The practice of wearing of red poppies pinned to the shirt or coat on Memorial Day comes for a poem about the dead soldiers of WWI. In Flanders Fields, was written in 1915 by Colonel John McCrae.
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
So while you enjoy the great three day weekend, we hope that you have a moment of remembrance for those that gave their lives as soldiers.
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