By definition Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring the men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
This day of remembrance began after the Civil War. Wreaths, flowers, and flags were placed upon the graves of the soldiers who had died during the war. Across the country, honoring and decorating graves of the fallen, and of loved ones have not faded, it has become a national tradition.
Along with individual traditions to honor those that have died, each year, Memorial Day is commemorated at Arlington National Cemetery by placing small hand held American flags upon each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President of the United States of America lay a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Thousands and thousands of people attend this national ceremony in honor of those who have died while serving our country.
People across the nation honor and celebrate in many different ways. Not only do American’s take the time to remember those that have died, they use this holiday as a time to take a weekend trip, attend family gatherings, complete home projects, relax, and visit the graves of loved ones.
Regardless, of the time of year, if you are ever in the area of the following famous memorials, take the time to visit and pay tribute to those who have served our country, and have died doing so:
- Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
- Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.
- Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
- Korean War Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.
- The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Virginia
- Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia
- National WWI Museum and Memorial, Missouri
- Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana
- Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Hawaii
- 9/11 Memorial, New York
Without the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces, our country would be unprotected. We owe these men and women the honor and respect for the freedom that they sacrifice their lives for, no matter whether they have already lost their lives, or are still in service. Don’t forget to thank them often for their courage and service.
God Bless America. (moment of silence)
Happy travels adventurers!!!!!!