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Memorial Day: 6 Things You May Not Know About the Holiday


This editorial appeared in The Oklahoman on Memorial Day May 26, 1975, and was titled "Not in Vain". Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day at 3:00 P.M. local time.

The Center for the Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base in DE is a attractive place where family members wait for the plane carrying their loved ones who died while serving their country. Several years later, disabled veterans were tasked with making artificial flowers as a Memorial Day tradition. Memorial Day takes its roots mostly back to the American Civil War when it was first called Decoration Day. It's the unofficial start to the summer vacation season. But Memorial Day is meant to be much, much more than that.

Honoring the men and women who have died while serving in the military, Memorial Day has been kept in various forms in the United States since the end of the Civil War.

Dennison said that in previous years, only about four members would gather to place the flags and as they got older, more help was needed. "It's not that they're doing it out of malice".

Today, consider taking part in a celebration or two to honor our fighting men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

With an all-voluntary military, shared sacrifice is largely a thing of the past - even as US troops remain in Afghanistan and Iraq almost 16 years after 9/11. And lot of folks will spend the holiday on the water.

Of course, plenty of Americans already observe the holiday.

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Some may even visit the graves of family members, or even decorate the graves of strangers if they choose. Hundreds of motorcyclists thundered in for a Saturday service. On Memorial Day, people wear pink sunburns and maybe their best white outfit.

"It's not about the veterans or the active duty military, it's about these people entombed at the cemetery those that paid the ultimate sacrifice", said Officer Larson.

Flags have been flying this weekend in remembrance and respect for the military men and women who gave their lives in the defense of the country. Veterans Day is a day that celebrates all veterans that served. For years, the late Hawaii Sen.

Gerry H. Kisters is the only person from Monroe County to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II.

That leaves it to people like Resh, the Gold Star mother, to spread the message.

There is some confusion with Memorial Day, and other holidays and observed days. The ceremony will include a flyover and special recognition of Gold Star Families. It's not about the picnics. But in the midst of it all we should never forget that many have died so that we can enjoy such pleasures.

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