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While IT IS ALWAYS PROPER TO RECOGNIZE, APPRECIATE AND HONOR OUR VETERANS EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR, there seems to be widespread misunderstanding concerning the national holiday of Memorial Day.
Originally known as “Decoration Day” and first observed as a national holiday on May 30, 1868, its purpose was to honor Americans who lost their lives in various wars. In doing so, the graves of those departed ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice were decorated with flowers, flags, etc.
In contrast, Veterans Day, another national holiday observed each year on the 11th day of November is to honor those living Americans who are serving or have served in our Armed Forces in defense of our freedom.
An additional misfortune of recent times is the complete lack of recognition of the original purpose of this day by simply making it a “holiday” to enjoy time off from work or time away from home. While there is nothing wrong with doing that, we should not allow ourselves or the younger generations to lose sight of the importance of the intended purpose of Memorial Day.
Therefore, we pause to honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate price, so that we can live in peace and freedom. We urge you to do likewise and always remember: FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!