Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial Day is a United States holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday of May. It is a day set aside to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Gettysburg National Cemetery
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day was extended to honor all Americans who had died in all wars.
By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was a day for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not.
This year, as you go about your Memorial Day activities, please pause and think about the men and women who offered the ultimate sacrifice for their country. And give thanks.
I wish you well.
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