To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning


Will you take time, even a moment, to observe Memorial Day today ... to be thankful?

To Marianna Wohlgemuth, a former co-chair of the Albertson VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Memorial Day is a chance to teach children not just about the valor of the country's soldiers, but also the human cost of war. The caretakers at national cemeteries don't take long weekends, because by law those cemeteries can't close for more than 48 hours at a time. It's a day many of us will celebrate with a trip to the lake, the golf course or the pool or by cooking out with friends and family.

He pointed to the grass at his feet. CBS also has a remarkable feature today on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, and the care provided by the National Park Service for it. Visitors leave mementoes at the wall to honor those lost, and the NPS honors that by warehousing the mementoes.

According to Janney, Memorial Day wasn't officially a national holiday until much later.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was conceived after the Civil War as a way to honor the Union's war dead, with Southern states setting aside separate days to honor fallen Confederate soldiers.

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If you go to a cemetery on this day, flowers or some item of remembrance is appropriate. They gave their life in defense of America.

The half-staffed position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. "While no words will ever be fully worthy of their service, nor any honor truly befitting their sacrifice, let us remember that it is never too late to pay tribute to the men and women who answered the call of duty with courage and valor". The AP says veterans groups aren't thrilled with Memorial Day always being a three-day weekend, triggering more leisure and recreation. At least two dozen cities and towns across the country claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.

The day was set aside as a special observance of US soldiers who died in military service. Although both are federal holidays, most people work on Veterans Day, while Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer, marked by parades, picnics and the Indy 500.

The ultimate sacrifice made by soldiers who have fallen while serving our country should be honored in perpetuity.

Chicago held many of its Memorial Day ceremonies over the weekend so the suburbs are holding there's today.