For those who understand its meaning, Memorial Day is - as it should be - a solemn holiday.
American Legion Post 18 Chaplain Wayne Trissler led the prayer during this year's ceremony. She'll then visit Section 60, the final resting place of many service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I$3 thank those that view Memorial Day as more than a time off to go to the lake". More a respect. Veterans groups say a growing military civilian disconnect.
In his holiday message, Ricketts calls the Memorial Day weekend a time for Nebraskans to "honor those courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the liberties and freedoms we hold dear". "We give them an article of the constitution, and that's one of the programs that's kind of fallen away, and we're trying to revitalize that again", Patnode said. But if you have a deceased vet in the family, who didn't die during war, don't feel guilty for celebrating them on Memorial Day anyway.
For decades, Decoration Day was held in various places throughout the country on May 30.
In 1971, an act of Congress made Memorial Day a national holiday to be observed throughout the nation annually.
1868 - General John Alexander Logan officially proclaims May 30, 1868, as Memorial Day in honor of the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn't the anniversary of any particular battle.
If you're a bit hazy on the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, you're not alone.
The pleasures this holiday weekend affords and, more importantly, the incalculable daily blessing of living in a free land were paid for in part with the blood of American soldiers. As they leave us, it's important that we don't let their tales of sacrifice die with them.
Inspired by the poem, Moina Michael was said to have conceived the idea of wearing red poppies to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Today is Memorial Day and politics needs to be pushed aside.
When the flag is at half-staff, the position is in remembrance of the more than one million men and women who gave their lives for their country.
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