Thursday, May 26th, 2011 11:56:03
Memorial Day Thanks and Devotion
Flip through the local paper, and you’ll see that Memorial Day notices appear as sales headlines and attention-grabbers. Memorial Day Sale and Pre-Memorial Day. Pretty soon we’ll see post-Memorial Day sale advertisements.
Similarly, television and radio are full of Memorial Day advertisements. I’ve even received a few Memorial Day Sale notices by e-mail during the time I’ve spent writing this column.
Sales and BBQ are the two things that many people think about when Memorial Day is mentioned. What else? Well, for many Americans, it’s the weekend that the pool opens and summer begins.
But it means more than that. Memorial Day began as Decoration Day soon after the Civil War. Each year on this day, the graves of the fallen soldiers were decorated to honor the memory of their sacrifice to keep our country united. They gave the ultimate sacrifice.