Memorial Day’s roots run deep into America’s past

Courtesy of  The History Channel Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at… Read More Memorial Day’s roots run deep into America’s past

A Sacred Day

May 28, 2010 A message from VFW National Commander Tradewell…It’s a sacred day to all war veterans: None need to be reminded of the reason that Memorial Day must be commemorated. But what about the general public, and more important, future generations? Do most non-veterans really recognize the importance of the day honoring their fellow… Read More A Sacred Day

Every Day is Memorial Day

Courtesy of Andrew Lichtenstein I went to my first military funeral in November 2003. A local newspaper wrote that Jacob Fletcher, a 28-year-old private from Long Island, N.Y., was being buried with military honors at the national cemetery in Pinelawn. U.S. troops had already died in Iraq, and I believed deeply that their sacrifice was important, that their deaths should not be ignored. The ceremony itself was brief.… Read More Every Day is Memorial Day