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On Monday, May 26, 2014, we remembered all of the soldiers who have served and given their lives for this nation; this day is Memorial Day. Holidays such as Memorial Day have seemed to have lost their meaning. For the vast majority of people, it is now a day that Americans get an extended weekend to go to the lake, have a picnic, or barbecue someplace to relax and enjoy ourselves. However, Memorial Day was set aside for much more than that. Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday wherein the men and women who perished while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are to be remembered. Following the American Civil War, the day was known as Decoration Day and was created to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died during the war. During the twentieth century, Memorial Day was expanded to honor all Americans who have offered their lives while in the military service. Many families have been affected by this sacrifice; they have lost their sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers. Let us relish our holiday, but let us also take a moment to remember all of those who have sacrificed their lives in service to this great nation that we call our home, America. Let us pray for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one while they were serving in the military. I am truly thankful for all of the men and women who have forfeited their lives in service for our country to preserve the freedom that we celebrate today. May God comfort the hearts and minds of the family members who bear the burden of that loss.
Published on Thursday, May 29, 2014 @ 10:46 AM MDT
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